Three Patriot Advanced Capability 2 interceptor batteries have been returned to Taiwan after undergoing enhancements in the United States, the Central News Agency quoted the autonomously governed island's defense head as saying on Thursday.
Taiwan will continue with the planned purchases of U.S. missile interceptors regardless of the outcome of a missile defense referendum slated to be held next month, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian said yesterday (see GSN, Jan. 15).
Taiwan plans to purchase six Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) missile interceptor batteries from the United States within the next 15 years, the National Defense Ministry said yesterday (see GSN, Feb. 20).
Apparently still aggravated by the Obama administration's decision in January to move forward with a massive weapons sale to Taiwan, China has opted not to invite U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to visit the country this summer, the Washington Post reported today (see GSN, Feb. 2).
China plans to use next week’s visit by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney to call on the Washington to stop selling missile defense systems and other advanced weapons technology to Taiwan, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said today (see GSN, April 1).
An early warning radar system that Taiwan plans to purchase from the United States to help defend against Chinese ballistic missiles is expected to become operational in five years, Taiwanese defense sources said yesterday (see GSN, April 6).
Taiwan has detained multiple citizens within the past 14 months for allegedly seeking to provide China with sensitive data on several of the island's key weapons technologies, including the U.S.-manufactured Patriot Air and Missile Defense System, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command has issued a $755 million contract for Lockheed Martin to provide equipment and work for the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 air-defense system, the company announced on Thursday.