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Taiwan to buy 400 US Harpoon missiles to counter China

Apr 18, 2023

Taiwan will purchase up to 400 land-based Harpoon missiles from the United States to repel a potential Chinese invasion.

This was reported by Bloomberg, citing its own sources.

On April 7, the Pentagon announced a $1.17 billion contract for 400 anti-ship missiles, without naming the buyer.

Under the terms of the contract, production should be completed by March 2029. Now the agency has found out that the buyer is from Taiwan.


The Pentagon declined to comment directly on the deal but said the United States provides Taiwan with defense articles and services necessary to maintain sufficient self-defense capabilities.

In 2020, Taiwan announced plans to purchase Boeing's Harpoon surface-to-ship missiles as part of its military modernization efforts.

The deal came amid high tensions between the US and China, especially over Taiwan.

Author - Olena Madiak, 18/04/2023

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