WASHINGTON, USA – The US-Taiwan Business Council on Wednesday, welcomed the announcement of a possible Foreign Military Sale of 40 155mm M109A6 Paladin Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer Systems and related equipment to Taiwan at an estimated cost of US$750 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certifications notifying Congress of the proposed Taiwan arms sale on August 4, 2021.
The published Congressional Notification (transmittal number 21-44) is for 40 155mm M109A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer Systems; 20 M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles (FAASV); 1 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS); 5 M88A2 Hercules vehicles; 5 M2 Chrysler Mount .50 caliber machine guns; and 1,698 multi-option, Precision Guidance Kits (PGK). Also included are M109A6/M992A2 overhaul, conversion and refurbishment services, along with additional equipment, testing, software and technical documentation, technical assistance, engineering, storage, and other related elements of technical, logistics, and program support.
Taiwan already operates older M109A2 and M109A5 variants of the Paladin, and holds M110A2 self-propelled howitzers and towed M114 howitzers in its existing inventory. The M109A6 provides enhanced armor and improved survivability over the older variants, and features a reduction in the time required for set up and fire.
Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers, said: “This notification for the M109A6 Paladin program is the first Taiwan arms sale under the Biden administration. It serves as a timely reminder of the close national security partnership between the United States and Taiwan, particularly as the PRC is now violating the Taiwan AIDZ on a near-daily basis. We expect to continue seeing normalized, timely, and regular arms sales from the US that promote Taiwan’s military readiness. We also hope to see additional offers from the Biden administration of new capabilities for Taiwan, to both help expand its current military posture and to continue improving its multilayered self-defence capacity.”
The US-Taiwan Business Council would also like to recognize the work of our dearly departed friend and former board member Greyson T. Bassett on this program.