US approves $2.2 billion sale to Taiwan of Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles

July 10, 2019

The Defense Post:

The U.S. Department of State has approved the sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles at an estimated cost of over $2.23 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Monday, July 8.

Taipei’s defense ministry said last month that Taiwan had formally requested 108 Abrams main battle tanks, more than 1,500 Javelin and TOW anti-tank missiles, and 250 shoulder-fired Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

DSCA notified Congress of the possible sales on Monday, saying the tank request also included over 300 M2 Chrysler Mount and M240 machine guns, Hercules vehicles, and hundreds of high-explosive anti-tank warhead rounds. The sale includes additional equipment and support, including vehicles, electronic equipment, ammunition and training and service support for a total of $2 billion, the notification said.

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