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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 114-00
March 07, 2000

POSSIBLE FOREIGN MILITARY SALE HAWK MISSILES TO TECRO ANNOUNCED

The Department of Defense announced today the possible sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States of 162 HAWK Intercept Aerial guided missiles, containers, modification kits, support equipment, testing, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, personnel training and equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $106 million.

This proposed sale is consistent with United States law and policy, as expressed in Public Law 96-8.

This proposed sale will support the recipient's continued effort to modernize and enhance its air defense capabilities. Under the Missile Reliability Restoration program, the recipient's operational inventory of HAWK missiles will be modified to the HAWK Intercept Aerial guided missiles. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor is Raytheon Co. of Andover, Mass. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of up to four U.S. Government representatives for one-week intervals over a six-year timeframe for logistic technical assistance. One contractor representative will be required for six years to perform technical assistance to the recipient.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

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