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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 113-00
March 07, 2000

POSSIBLE FOREIGN MILITARY SALE OF RADAR CONVERSIONS 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 items needed for the conversion of the TPS-43F air surveillance radar to the TPS-75V configuration, including support equipment, spare and repair parts, modification kits, publications, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, personnel training and equipment and other related elements of logistic support. The estimated cost is $96 million.

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

The proposed sale of radar will provide more responsive and timely information for air defense operations. The conversion of the AN/TPS-43 radar would modernize this radar, which is becoming unsupportable due to obsolescence.

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

The prime contractor will be Northrop Grumman Corp., Bethpage, N.Y. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any U.S. Government representatives; however, it is estimated that approximately three months of contractor technical support will be required following delivery of the radar.

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

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