State Dept Clears $600M General Atomics-Built MQ-9B RPA Sale to Taiwan

The State Department has approved Taiwan’s request to buy four General Atomics-built MQ-9B remotely piloted aircraft, related equipment and services under a potential $600M foreign military sales agreement.

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The FMS deal also includes fixed and mobile ground control stations, MX-20 multispectral targeting systems and spares, embedded GPS/inertial navigation systems, SeaVue maritime multirole patrol radars and SAGE 750 electronic surveillance measures systems, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems will serve as the principal contractor on the proposed sale, which will provide Taiwan with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, anti-submarine strike and target acquisition capabilities needed to address existing and future threats.

The transaction also covers test equipment, data connections for weapons integration, personnel training, logistics and technical support and government and contractor engineering services.

DSCA said it informed Congress of the possible deal Tuesday.

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