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Taiwan sets sights on four Reapers

18th May 2020 - 23:00 GMT | by Charles Au in Taipei

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The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) in Taiwan is going to order four US-made MQ-9 Reapers in FY2021, a purchase that will cost about $166 million.

The units are expected between Q4 2023 and the end of 2024. The package includes a ground control station, ammunition, training facilities plus programme logistics and parts.

This decision will be welcomed in the US. Taiwan’s latest biennial National Defense Report, released in September 2019, emphasised its willingness to support the US Indo-Pacific Strategy, as well as security co-operation with US allies in the region. US arms sales are thus a …

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