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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 602-00
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 possible sale of 146 M109A5 155mm self-propelled howitzers, 79 M2 machine gun, six M88A2 recovery vehicles, 160 AN/PVS-7B Night Vision Goggles, 146 AN/VRC-87E and six AN/VRC-90E SINCGARS (Single Channel Ground & Airborne Radio), Advanced Field Artillery Technical Data Systems and software, trainers, machine guns, radio, receiver transmitter modules, mount machine guns, radar chronograph sets, tripods, machine guns, radios, installation kits, simulators, launcher grenades, spare and repair parts, test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, quality assurance team, U.S. government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $405 million.

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

The recipient requires these various munitions to improve their current fleet of ground defense equipment. The purchaser will have no difficulty absorbing this additional equipment 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 will be United Defense, Limited Partnership of York, Pa. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of nine U.S. government and seven contractor representatives for periods ranging from one month to six months. There will be a U.S. government quality assurance team for three weeks intervals quarterly to participate in program management and technical reviews.

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