07/08/2020

Taiwan in talks to purchase SeaGuardian UAVs

Taiwan in talks to make first purchase of sophisticated US drones – sources – link

Source: Defence Web

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  • The United States is negotiating the sale of at least four UAVs to Taiwan for the first time, according to six US sources familiar with the negotiations
  • While the State Department tacitly authorized the sale of the UAVs, two of the people said, it is not known whether the US officials have approved exporting the drones with weapons attached
  • The deal must be approved by members of Congress, who may receive formal notification as soon as next month. Congress could block a final agreement
  • Such a sale would most likely anger China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory
  • Republican and Democratic US senators introduced legislation on Thursday that would block the export, transfer or trade of many advanced drones to countries that are not close US allies. Sales would be allowed to NATO members, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan and Israel
  • A deal with Taiwan would be the first drone sale after President Donald Trump’s administration moved ahead with its plan to sell more drones to more countries by reinterpreting an international arms control agreement called the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry declined to comment
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