Trump Administration Approves F-16 Fighter Jet Sales to Taiwan

US f-16 fighter jets on air
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The U.S. State Department has approved an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan.

The deal is for 66 aircraft, 75 General Electric engines as well as other systems.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel and ranking Republican Michael McCaul said in a statement that the sale “sends a strong message about the U.S. commitment to security and democracy in the Indo-Pacific.”

The F-16V is the most advanced version of a plane that already forms the backbone of Taiwan’s air forces. The country is expected to use the F-16Vs to replace the Northrop F-5E/Fs that are being retired in the next couple of years. (Defense News)

The U.S. is bound by the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act to “make available to Taiwan such defense articles and defense services in such quantity as may be necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.” (Defense News)

In July, the U.S. approved the sale of 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks


US 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks
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and portable Stinger anti-aircraft missiles worth a combined $2.2 billion.


US military personnel with Stinger anti-aircraft missile
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According to the World Bank, Taiwan military expenditure to GDP was 2 percentage (USD $ 10.6 billion)  in 2017.

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