MQ-9B- Photo: General Atomics
The US State Department has approved a possible sale of four MQ-9B UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to Taiwan. The entire process of the potential sale is coordinated by Foreign Military Sales (FMS).
The State Department approval was sent to the U.S. Congress, which has up to 30 days to approve or not approve the military sale.
The entire process around the four MQ-9B’s cost $ 600 million. In addition to the four aircraft, other items are included, such as: B. two fixed ground control stations. two mobile land control stations; and 14 Embedded Global Positioning System / Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) with Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) (12 installed, 2 spares).
“This proposed sale is in accordance with United States laws and regulations as embodied in Public Law 96-8. The proposed sale serves the national, economic and security interests of the United States and supports the recipient’s continued efforts to modernize its armed forces and maintain a robust defense capability. The proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and maintain political stability, military, economic equilibrium and progress in the region, ”said a statement from DSCA.