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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 605-00
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 purchase of a follow-on phase of the Improved Mobile Subscriber Equipment (IMSE) communication system, to include spare and repair parts, test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, quality assurance team, U.S. government and contractor technical support and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $513 million.

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

The recipient will use this equipment to continue upgrade of their current tactical communications capability by providing secure tactical voice and data communications service to all echelons of its field military forces. 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 General Dynamics Communications Systems of Taunton, Mass. One or more proposed offset agreements may be related to this proposed sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of 18 U.S. government and 35 contractor representatives for periods ranging from one month to three years. There will be a U.S. government quality assurance team for one week to inspect the equipment.

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

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