US to Sell Taiwan 400 Boeing-Made Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles

The contract is worth $1.7 billion

Taiwan will purchase 400 Boeing-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles under a contract worth $1.7 billion, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

Taipei has previously purchased ship-launched Harpoons, which are also made by Boeing, but the new deal is for a ground-launched mobile version of the anti-ship missiles. According to Bloomberg, the sale will complete a deal approved by Congress in 2020.

The Pentagon announced a $1.7 billion contract with Boeing on April 7 but wouldn’t say if the deal was for Taiwan. The Harpoon deal has been cited by Congress as part of what they call a $19 billion “backlog” in arms sales to Taiwan, although weapons purchases typically take years to fulfill.

The US has always sold weapons to Taiwan since Washington severed diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979. But in recent years, arms sales have ramped up, and the US is now prepared to provide Taiwan with unprecedented military aid.

News of the Harpoon sale comes as tensions between the US and China are soaring over Taiwan. Beijing just recently concluded major live-fire drills around the island that were a direct response to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in California.

Also on Monday, Taiwanese media reported that over 200 US troops are now in Taiwan to help train the island’s armed forces. The deployment marks a significant expansion of the US military presence in Taiwan, as only a few dozen American troops were stationed there before.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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