US Support for Taiwan Patriots

US Support for Taiwan Patriots 17 May, 2019

U.S. weapons manufacturer Raytheon, has been granted a US$9 million contract to develop and upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile defence system. The project, which is planned to last for the next five years, will be completed by 3 April 2024.

The platform is capable of detecting, tracking, and intercepting aerial vehicles and ballistic missiles. Raytheon has sold Patriot Air Defence Systems to 16 different nations, including neighbours Japan and South Korea in the Asia-Pacific region.

In late 2018, Raytheon was granted a US$35 million contract to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile systems with Sweep Nine modification kits, expected to be completed by September, 2022. That contract also involved Patriot missile systems belonging to the U.S. Army.

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