US State Department approves possible sale of Abrams Tanks, MANPAD missiles to Taiwan

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The State Department of United States has released two approvals for possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) of 108 M1A2T Abrams Tanks with armaments and ammunition, and 250 Block I -92F MANPAD Stinger missiles.

For the MANPAD Stinger missiles, US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said “the recipient intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing air defense architecture to counter threats.”

“This will contribute to the recipient military’s goal to update its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between the recipient, the U.S., and other partners,” it added.

For the Abrams Tanks, US DSCA said the proposed sale “will contribute to the modernization of the recipient’s main battle tank fleet, enhancing its ability to meet current and future regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense.”

“These tanks will contribute to the recipient’s goal of updating its military capability while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other partners,” it added.