04/11/2020

US approves MQ-9B SeaGuardian sale to Taiwan

US approves SeaGuardian sale to Taiwan – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • The United States has approved the sale to Taiwan of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9B SeaGuardian
  • The State Department approval announced on 3 November covers four “weapons ready” UAVs, and related equipment for an estimated USD600 million
  • Besides the four air vehicles, specific mission equipment and other services requested by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) includes two static ground control stations (GCSs), two mobile GCS; Wescam MX-20 electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, Raytheon SeaVue X-Band maritime radars, and Leonardo SAGE 750 electronic surveillance measures (ESM) systems
  • The US government will also provide contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, as well as other related elements of logistical and program support
  • The DSCA delivered the required certification notifying the US Congress of this possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) on the same day as the approval announcement
  • Taiwan intends to use its own funds for this purchase
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