Monday, February 1, 2010

Sale of F-16 jets and Submarines to Taiwan is still under Discussion

The exclusion of F-16C/D jets and of submarines from the recent United States arms deal did not mean that those purchases would not go ahead, Premier Wu Den-yih said Sunday.The Obama Administration notified Congress Friday of its decision to sell 114 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile systems, 60 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, two Osprey Class mine hunting vessels, 12 ATM-84L and RTM-84L Harpoon Block II Telemetry missiles and a range of telecommunications equipment for a total price of US$6.4 billion.

However, the deal did not cover the advanced F-16C/D fighter jets and the diesel-fueled submarines Taiwan had been requesting for several years.Taiwan and the U.S. were still discussing those two weapons systems and Washington was evaluating their sale, Wu said.The premier also told reporters that the government would calculate if the cost of the package announced by the U.S. was not too high. The weapons had to come at a reasonable price for a useful quality level, he said.....................E-Taiwan News


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