Taiwan signs deal with US for maintenance and upgrade of Patriot missiles

According to the news of Taiwan agency CNA, the agreement includes 4-year maintenance and renewal of the MIM-104F missile defense system in the “PAC-3” (Patriot Advanced Capability) class.

Under the agreement, Taiwan will be included in the Patriot international engineering services program and field monitoring program by the end of 2026, for a cost of $83.39 million.

The programs aim to maintain its performance and reliability by making updates to the missile system.

Taiwan has been using the PAC-3 system since 2007. The missile defense system includes guided missiles (GEM) powered by MIM-104F missiles. The system is critical to the island’s air defense.

The government on the island had previously signed an agreement in March 2021 to purchase two batches of the “powered missile segment” (MSE) developed under the PAC-3. MSEs can target guided missiles at a longer range than standard Patriots. The missiles are scheduled to be delivered in 2025 and 2026.

The agreement came at a time when Beijing’s military threats increased due to China’s military exercises around the Island following the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

China conducted military exercises around the island after Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan on August 2 and 3. The exercises carried out in 6 regions had created a de facto blockade around the island. On August 4, when the exercises started, it was reported that 11 guided missiles fired from mainland China fell into the waters around Taiwan.

The Chinese army announced that it had completed the exercises on August 10, but announced that the military patrol activity in the Taiwan Strait would continue.

Pelosi became the first Speaker of the US House of Representatives to visit the island, which is in a sovereignty conflict with China, in 25 years. Earlier in 1997, Newt Gingrich had visited Taiwan while on this mission.

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