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US State Department on Tuesday said it had approved the sale of four sophisticated armed drones to Taiwan, the latest in a series of arms transfers to the island.
The $600 million (€513 million) sales of “weapons ready” unmanned MQ-9 Reaper drones to Taiwan will improve the island’s defenses by bolstering its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, the State Department said.
The sale will aid Taiwan’s “continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability,” the department said, adding that it would assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, economic, and progress in the region.
The four drones, made by General Atomics, would come with ground stations and associated surveillance and communications equipment but not bombs or missiles.