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US clears two FMS from Taiwan for AGM-154C and AGM-88B air-to-ground missiles

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World Defense & Security News - Taiwan
 
 
US clears two FMS from Taiwan for AGM-154C and AGM-88B air-to-ground missiles
 
The US State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sales to Taiwan's Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States for 56 AGM-154C JSOW, 50 AGM-88B HARM and 10 AGM-88B Training HARM Air-to-Ground Missiles for a total amount of US$333 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced yesterday.
     
A USAF F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron fires an AGM-88 high-speed antiradiation missile at a target
(Credit: U. S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Michael Ammons)
     
Taiwan's first request also includes JSOW integration, captive flight vehicles, dummy training missiles, missile containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, Joint Mission Planning System updates, publications and technical documentation, as well as personnel training and training equipment, The total estimated program cost is $185.5 million.

The second request also includes HARM integration, LAU-l 18A Launchers, missile containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, Joint Mission Planning System update, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $147.5 million.

"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 DSCA said

"Currently, market research is being conducted to determine the viability of a qualified contractor in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations. The purchaser typically requests offsets, but any offsets will be determined between the purchaser and the contractor," the Agency added.

Both missiles are currently produced by the US-based company Raytheon.
The AGM-154C JSOW is a medium range precision guided weapon especially designed for engagement of defended targets. The "C" variant features an Imaging Infrared (IIR) terminal seeker with autonomous guidance and carries the two stage BROACH warhead.

The AGM-88B High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) is a tactical, air-to-surface missile. HARM's primary mission is to suppress or destroy surface-to-air missile radar and radar-directed air defense artillery systems.