United States agrees the sale of RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Surface Launched Missiles to Taiwan


According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), on October 26, 2020, the United States State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) of up to one hundred (100) Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.37 billion.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Surface Launched Missiles.(Picture source AviationMilitaires.net)


TECRO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office) has requested to buy up to one hundred (100) Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) consisting of up to four hundred (400) RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Surface Launched Missiles; and four (4) RTM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Exercise Missiles. Also included are four hundred and eleven (411) containers, one hundred (100) Harpoon Coastal Defense System Launcher Transporter Units, twenty-five (25) radar trucks, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representatives’ technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The total estimated program cost is $2.37 billion.

The RGM-84 Harpoon is a ship-launched, all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile. Its low-level, sea-skimming cruise trajectory, active radar guidance and warhead design assure high survivability and effectiveness.

The Harpoon Block II expands the capabilities of the Harpoon anti-ship weapon. Harpoon Block II is capable of executing both anti-ship and land-strike missions. The missile uses GPS-aided inertial navigation to hit a designated target aimpoint. The 227 kg blast warhead delivers lethal firepower against a wide variety of land-based targets, including coastal defense sites, surface-to-air missile sites, exposed aircraft, port/industrial facilities, and ships in port.

The Harpoon missile launcher can be mounted on a truck. The missile is fire from container launchers mounted at the rear of a military truck chassis.  Another truck holds the Command Launch System electronics and a generator. Park the two trucks, connect them with cables, and the anti-ship missile battery is ready to control straits or prevent ships from threatening friendly soil. The Danish Navy has already in service a truck-mounted version Harpoon missile used as Coastal Air Defense System. 


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