US Approves sale of EW Systems & Torpedoes to Taiwan Navy

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US Approves sale of EW Systems & Torpedoes to Taiwan Navy
 
The U.S. State Department announced yesterday it green lighted an arms sale package worth US$1.42 billion to Taiwan. Part of the package includes systems for the Republic of China Navy (ROCN or Taiwan's Navy). According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, possible foreign military sales (FMS) of AN/SLQ-32(V)3 Electronic Warfare Systems, MK54 Lightweight Torpedoes and MK 48 Mod 6AT Heavyweight Torpedoes have been approved.
     
ROCS Kee Lung DDG 1801 Ma Kong DDG 1805 Taiwan Kidd classROCS Kee Lung-class destroyers Kee Lung (right) and Ma Gong (left). Picture by 玄史生
     
AN/SLQ-32(V)3 Electronic Warfare Systems for Kee Lung-class destroyers
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States to upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)3 Electronic Warfare Systems in support of four (4) ex-KIDD Class (now KEELUNG Class) destroyers. This sale will include AN/SLQ-32(V)3 upgrade hardware, software, support equipment and parts, publications, training, engineering and technical assistance.

The proposed sale will improve operational readiness and enhance the electronic warfare capability onboard the ex-KIDD Class destroyers. The recipient will have no difficulty in absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

In 2001, the U.S. authorized the reactivation and sale of the four Kidd-class destroyers to Taiwan. All four have been transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy under the Kuang Hua VII program. The deal included upgraded hardware, overhaul, activation, and training, as well as 148 SM-2 Block IIIA and 32 RGM-84L Block II Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
     
Our video interview on MK 54 LWT at Sea Air Space 2017
     
MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo (LWT) Conversion Kits
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States of MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo (LWT) Conversion Kits. This request provides the recipient with MK 54 LWTs in support of their LWT program. This sale will include LWT containers, torpedo support, torpedo spare parts, publications, training, weapon system support, engineering and technical assistance for the upgrade and conversion of one hundred sixty eight (168) MK-46 Mod 5 Torpedoes to the MK-54 Lightweight Torpedo (LWT) configuration.

The proposed sale will improve the recipient's capability in current and future defensive efforts. The recipient will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen homeland defense. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
     
ROCS raytheon mk54 mk48MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo and MK 48 Heavyweight Torpedo scale models
     
MK 48 Mod 6AT Heavyweight Torpedoes (HWT)
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States for forty-six (46) MK 48 Mod 6AT Heavyweight Torpedoes (HWT). This sale will include HWT containers, torpedo support, torpedo spare parts, publications, training, weapon system support, engineering and technical assistance.

The proposed sale will improve the recipient's capability in current and future defensive efforts. The recipient will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen homeland defense. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
 

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