US approves sale of F-16 Infrared Search and Track systems to Taiwan

The State Department of United States (US) has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taiwan’s Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US of F-16 Infrared Search and Track systems and related equipment.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) has requested to buy Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems; integration and test support and equipment; aircraft and munitions support and support equipment; software delivery and support; spare parts, consumables and accessories, and repair and return support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; studies and surveys; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.

There is no Major Defense Equipment (MDE). The estimated total cost is $500 million.

This proposed sale is consistent with U.S. law and policy as expressed in Public Law 96-8.

Further, 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 improve the recipient’s capability to meet current and future threats by contributing to the recipient’s abilities to defend its airspace, provide regional security, and increase interoperability with the United States through its F-16 program.

Besides, the recipient will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The principal contractors will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, St. Louis, MO.

There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.