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Ministry of National Defense has stated today (21st) that the military sales of “F-16V (BLK70) Fighter Aircraft” to Taiwan that is worth $8 billion USD, has been approved by the USA through official notification. The USA government began the procedure of “Notifying Congress” on 20th August EST, and has published relevant details on the website of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which is expected to be effective after 1 month.

Ministry of National Defense pointed out that the USA agreed on selling new models of fighter aircrafts to Taiwan on the basis of “Taiwan Relations Act” and “Six Assurances”. These are important defensive weapons and equipment that the Armed Forces have been striving to obtain for many years, which are able to reinforce the air defense capability of Taiwan and protect the airspace of the Taiwan Strait, and for that the Ministry of National Defense hereby expresses its gratitude to the USA for its decision on the military sales.

Ministry of National Defense further stated that after receiving the draft of the official LOA and confirming the purchase amount, the Air Force will discuss details including quantity, schedule, and amount with the USA, with the special budget passed by the Legislator Yuan as the upper limit, before signing the LOA.

Ministry of National Defense emphasized that this military sales to Taiwan has fully indicated USA’s emphasis in Taiwan’s national security, which helps with the safeguarding of the safety of Taiwan Strait as well as the peacefulness and stability of the Indo-Pacific region.