Taipei Eco­nom­ic and Cul­tur­al Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Office in the Unit­ed States – Two OSPREY Class Mine Hunt­ing Ships Includ­ing Refur­bish­ment and Upgrade

WASHINGTON, Jan­u­ary 29, 2010 – Today the Defense Secu­ri­ty Coop­er­a­tion Agency (DSCA) noti­fied Con­gress of a pos­si­ble For­eign Mil­i­tary Sale to the Taipei Eco­nom­ic and Cul­tur­al Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Office in the Unit­ed States of two (2) OSPREY Class Mine Hunt­ing Ships, includ­ing refur­bish­ment, upgrade and oth­er relat­ed sup­port and ser­vices. The esti­mat­ed cost is $105 mil­lion.

The Taipei Eco­nom­ic and Cul­tur­al Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Office in the Unit­ed States has request­ed a pos­si­ble sale of two (2) OSPREY Class Mine Hunt­ing Ships, includ­ing refur­bish­ment and upgrade, over­haul of AN/SQQ-32 Sonar, trans­porta­tion, sup­port and test equip­ment, spare and repair parts, pub­li­ca­tions and tech­ni­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion, per­son­nel train­ing and train­ing equip­ment, U.S. Gov­ern­ment and con­trac­tor tech­ni­cal, engi­neer­ing, and logis­tics sup­port ser­vices, and oth­er relat­ed ele­ments of logis­tics sup­port. The esti­mat­ed cost is $105 mil­lion.

This sale is con­sis­tent with Unit­ed States law and pol­i­cy as expressed in Pub­lic Law 96–8. The U.S. is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing mil­i­tary assis­tance under the terms of the Tai­wan Rela­tions Act. This pro­posed sale serves U.S. nation­al, eco­nom­ic, and secu­ri­ty inter­ests by sup­port­ing the recipient’s con­tin­u­ing efforts to mod­ern­ize its armed forces and enhance its defen­sive capa­bil­i­ty. The pro­posed sale will help improve the secu­ri­ty of the recip­i­ent and assist in main­tain­ing polit­i­cal sta­bil­i­ty, mil­i­tary bal­ance, and eco­nom­ic progress in the region.

The pro­posed sale will improve the recipient’s capa­bil­i­ty to meet cur­rent and future threats of ene­my min­ing oper­a­tions. The recip­i­ent will use the enhanced capa­bil­i­ty as a deter­rent to region­al threats and to strength­en its home­land defense. The recip­i­ent, who already has mine hunters in its inven­to­ry, will have no dif­fi­cul­ty absorb­ing these addi­tion­al ships. The pro­posed sale of this equip­ment and sup­port will not affect the basic mil­i­tary bal­ance in the region.

A U.S. prime con­trac­tor will be cho­sen after a com­pet­i­tive source selec­tion. There are no known off­set agree­ments pro­posed in con­nec­tion with this poten­tial sale. Imple­men­ta­tion of this sale will not require the assign­ment of any addi­tion­al U.S. Gov­ern­ment per­son­nel or con­trac­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the recip­i­ent.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readi­ness as a result of this pro­posed sale. This notice of a poten­tial sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been con­clud­ed.

Text- / Bildquelle (source): Defense Secu­ri­ty Coop­er­a­tion Agency
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