Taiwan and US renew Patriot-3 missile service contract

August 12, 2022

South China Morning Post:

Taiwan and the US have renewed a missile engineering service contract to better maintain the performance of the island’s Patriot-3 missile defence system.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) announced the renewal on Friday, just days after the mainland launched 11 ballistic missiles over the self-governed island as part of full-scale war games.

The NT$2.5 billion (US$83 million) contract will help Taiwan’s military assess and improve the performance of its Patriot-3 missile system in the next 4½ years, according to the Taiwanese defence ministry.

Citing military sources, CNA reported the service would ensure the reliability and precision strike capacity of the system’s missiles.

The contract was signed between the island’s military delegation and the American Institute in Taiwan, the US representative office on the island in the absence of formal ties, and will expire on December 31, 2026, the CNA report said.

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