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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 604-00
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 71 RGM-84L Harpoon missiles, six Harpoon training missiles, 10 Harpoon Shipboard Launcher Command Launch Control Sets, missile containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, supply and software support, maintenance training, publications and technical documents, U.S. government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $240 million.

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

The recipient will use these Harpoon missiles as armament for their PFG-2 to maintain an anti-ship defensive capability. The recipient, which already air and surface-launch Harpoon missiles in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles.

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

The prime contractor will be the Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo. One or more offset agreements may be related to this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of any additional U.S. government or contractor representatives to recipient.

Implementation of this sale will not require the assignment of any U.S. government personnel in recipient; however, it is estimated that approximately two years of contractor technical support will be required in recipient following delivery of the missiles.

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

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