Taiwan cleared to upgrade Patriot Missile Defense System to PAC3 Level

MIM-104F (PAC-3) Patriot BMD takes part in the Han Kuang No. 31 military exercises in June.

­­­WASHINGTON (GDC) – The U.S. State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) of Recertification of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles for an estimated cost of $620 million. 

This proposed sale serves U.S. national, economic, and security interests by supporting the recipient’s continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability.  The proposed sale will help improve the security of Taiwan and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region.

TECRO has requested to buy Recertification of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles, including the replacement of expiring Limited Life Components (LLCs) and certification testing in order to support an operational life of thirty years; Test and repair of PAC-3 missiles, including Stockpile Reliability Testing (SRT) and Field Returns; Repair and Return (R&R) of classified and unclassified PAC-3 missile items and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) component level parts; replenishment of classified and unclassified missile spares and GSE spares, as well as a seeker spares pool to improve the turnaround time of the repair and recertification efforts; air transportation services for missile processing; U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support; and other related elements of logistics support. 

This proposed sale is consistent with U.S. law and policy as expressed in Public Law 96-8.

This proposed sale will help sustain Taiwan missile density and ensure readiness for air operations.  Taiwan will use this capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen homeland defense.  The PAC3 will enhance Taiwan’s capability to intercept Chinese intermediate-range ballistic missiles (DF-21, DF-26), long-range PLC-191 MLRS as well as theater ballistic missiles (SY-400).

The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Camden, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

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