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.
Taiwan intends to eventually take on upkeep of its own Patriot Advanced Capability 2 missile interceptors, shifting slowly away from reliance on U.S. support as a means of streamlining the refurbishment process and reducing its expense, Taiwanese Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said on Wednesday.
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 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.
Taiwan has announced plans to combine its missile defense operations under one managing entity to enable the military to more quickly counter potential missile threats, Taiwan Today reported on Monday.
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).