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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 603-00
September 28, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO THE TAIPEI ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE ANNOUNCED

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States has requested a possible sale of 200 AIM-120C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, 292 LAU-129 missile launchers, missile containers, aircraft modification and integration, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, software support, maintenance and pilot training, publications and technical documents, U.S. government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $150 million.

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

The recipient will use these missiles to augment and enhance their F-16 air defense and aircraft survivability. These missiles will allow the recipient F-16 aircraft to protect and defend their air space. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into its armed forces.

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

The principal contractors will be Raytheon Missile Systems Corp. of Tucson, Ariz. and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Ft. Worth, Texas. One or more offset agreements may be related to this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. government or contractor representatives to the recipient.

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