The Department of Defense announced today the proposed sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States of 39 sets of Pathfinder/Sharpshooter (Lantirn derivative) pods, flight testing, support equipment, 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. Targeting pods include a laser designator feature. The estimated cost is $234 million.
This proposed sale is consistent with U. S. law and policy, as expressed to Public Law 96-8.
The recipient will use these pods on its F-16A/B aircraft to provide low altitude navigation and defensive capability. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing these additional pod sets its inventory as part of the F-16A/B aircraft program.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractor will be Lockheed-Martin Corp. of Orlando, Fla. One or more proposed offset agreements might be related to this proposed sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of U.S. government representatives to the recipient. There will be four contractor representatives approximately four years for contractor technical support following delivery of the pods.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.