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Taiwan’s army to boost its counter-invasion arsenal

22nd April 2021 - 00:41 GMT | by Charles Au in Taipei

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These M109A6 Paladins of the US Army are of the type Taiwan will buy. (Gordon Arthur)

More capable self-propelled howitzers and TOW antitank missiles are on their way to beleaguered Taiwan.

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Washington DC’s unofficial representation in Taiwan, told the Taiwanese government that a long-delayed proposal to purchase M109A6 Paladin 155mm SPHs will be approved in the near future.

An official announcement from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency is yet to occur, but it will be the first Taiwanese arm sales approved by President Joe Biden’s administration since taking office in January. AIT relayed the news to Taipei in March.

Forty M109A6 SPHs were actually ordered by the Republic of China Army (ROCA) in 2011. Their total cost was never revealed, but Taiwan had originally set …

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