US clears sale of four weapons-ready MQ-9B RPA to Taiwan

4 November 2020 (Last Updated November 4th, 2020 17:11)

The US State Department has cleared the sale of four weapons-ready MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO).

US clears sale of four weapons-ready MQ-9B RPA to Taiwan
US Air Force MQ-9A Reaper. Credit: Lt Col Leslie Pratt.

The US State Department has cleared the sale of four weapons-ready MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO).

The sale includes related equipment and is estimated to be $600m.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has also notified Congress about the sale.

Under the deal, TERCO requested the sale of two fixed ground control stations, two mobile ground control stations and 14 embedded global positioning system/inertial navigations systems (EGI) with selective availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM).

Additionally, the proposed sale package includes MX-20 multi-spectral targeting systems and spares, SeaVue maritime multi-role patrol radars, SAGE 750 electronic surveillance measures (ESM) Systems and C-Band Line-of-Sight (LOS) ground data terminals among others.

The DSCA said the sale will not only support US interests in the region but also the country’s efforts to modernise its armed forces.

It will also help enhance security, ‘political stability, military balance, economic and progress in the region’.

In addition, the country will be better equipped to tackle current and future threats with the asset’s intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), target acquisition, and counter-land, counter-sea, and anti-submarine strike capabilities.

General Atomic Aeronautical System will be the principal contractor of the sale.

Last month, the US approved a possible foreign military sale of AGM-84H standoff land attack missile expanded response (SLAM-ER) Missiles to TECRO.