In a statement the Pentagon said, the U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of defense equipment to Taiwan including items to support the Patriot Air Defense System and training in a deal valued at up to $95 million.
The development comes in the wake of Taiwan coming under increased military pressure by Beijing to try and force the democratically ruled island to accept its sovereignty.
“The package would include training, planning, fielding, deployment, operation, maintenance and sustainment of the Patriot Air Defense System and associated equipment,” said the Pentagon.
“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 to sustain the recipient’s missile density and ensure readiness for air operations. The recipient will use this capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen homeland defense.”
Washington is bound by law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself.
This is the third arm sales Washington has announced after Joe Biden took office.
“Taiwan will continue to demonstrate its determination to defend itself, and continue to deepen cooperative partnerships with the United States and other like-minded countries,” said Taiwan’s spokesperson Xavier Chang in a statement.
Raytheon is the prime contractor for the potential sale.
In a statement Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said, it expects the deal to “become effective” within the month.