U.S. to boost Taiwan's stretched air force with $428 million in spare parts




  • In US
  • 2022-12-07 03:24:15Z
  • By Reuters
 

TAIPEI (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of $428 million in aircraft parts for Taiwan to help its air force, which is strained from repeatedly intercepting Chinese jets operating close to the island.

Taiwan's air force is well-equipped but ageing, and is dwarfed by that of China's. Beijing views the democratically governed island as its territory and during the past three years or so has been flying daily sorties near Taiwan.

Since early August, when China staged war games around Taiwan after the visit to Taipei by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, China's air force has also regularly crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, which had served as an unofficial boundary.

The Pentagon, in two statements late Tuesday, said the parts would support Taiwan's F-16s, Indigenous Defence Fighter jets and all other aircraft and systems or subsystems of U.S. origin.

"The proposed sale will contribute to the sustainment of the recipient's aerial fleet, enhancing its ability to meet current and future threats while providing defensive and transport capabilities critical to regional security," it said.

Taiwan's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday the sale was expected to "take effect" within one month, and offered its thanks.

With China trying to "normalise" its military activities near Taiwan and put pressure on its airspace and seas as well as ability to train and reaction, the sale will be of great assistance, the ministry added.

It will "help maintain the proper equipment and replenishment of our air force's fighter jets, meet the needs of defence operations and combat readiness training, and ensure that our traditional combat power will not fall", the statement said.

The United States is Taiwan's most important international arms supplier, despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties.

China has repeatedly demanded the United States stop selling weapons to Taiwan and has put sanctions on U.S. arms manufacturers.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei and Costas Pitas in Los Angeles; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Gerry Doyle)

COMMENTS

More Related News

China
China's 2022 smartphone shipments the lowest in 10 years - research firm

China's smartphone sales fell 13% year-on-year in 2022, the largest plunge for the sector in a decade as consumers spent cautiously, market research firm IDC...

Bull Market Beckons China Stock Traders as Consumption Revs Up
Bull Market Beckons China Stock Traders as Consumption Revs Up

(Bloomberg) -- A four-week rally in Chinese equities is set to culminate in a bull market when trading resumes Monday, as a rebound in consumption galvanizes...

War with China over Taiwan is likely in 2025, warns U.S. General Mike Minihan:
War with China over Taiwan is likely in 2025, warns U.S. General Mike Minihan: 'I hope I am wrong'

U.S. General Mike Minihan just outlined why China's Xi Jinping will likely launch an invasion of Taiwan in 2025.

Ukraine denies report it intends to get 24 jets from allies - media
Ukraine denies report it intends to get 24 jets from allies - media

Spain's El Pais newspaper, citing air force spokesperson Yuri Ihnat, said Ukraine initially wanted two squadrons of 12 planes each, preferably Boeing F-16...

US, Netherlands and Japan reportedly agree to limit China
US, Netherlands and Japan reportedly agree to limit China's access to chipmaking equipment

The Biden administration has reportedly reached an agreement with the Netherlands and Japan to restrict China's access to advanced chipmaking machinery made ...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

  • Aol Mail
    (2022-12-07 09:51:08Z)

    Aol Mail is gaining more and more popularity in the world of email services. Logging into Aol account is a matter of a few steps but like every other email service, there are problems that Aol users might face, such as Aol email login issues. For More Information Visit Our Website:-https://sites.google.com/view/aol-help-aol-email-error/home

    REPLY

Top News: US