US approves possible sale of 18 MK-48 torpedoes to Taiwan

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The United States State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taiwan eighteen (18) MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology (AT) Heavy Weight Torpedoes (HWT) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $180 million. 

US Navy sailors assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) transport a Mark 48 torpedo from the pier in Souda Bay, Greece, July 10, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelly M. Agee/Released)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said that the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale was sent May 20.

US DSCA said the torpedoes will be procured from US Navy stocks. 

Included in the possible sale are spare parts, support and test equipment, shipping and shipping containers, operator manuals, technical documentation, training, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics support. 

US DSCA said the proposed sale is consistent with U.S. law and policy as expressed in Public Law 96-8.

“This proposed sale serves U.S. national, economic, and security interests by supporting the recipient’s continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability. The proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region,” it added.

“The proposed sale will improve the recipient’s capability in current and future defensive efforts. The recipient will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen homeland defense. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces,” US DSCA said.