…on the foreign policy and national security front.
The White House is moving forward with three sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan, sending in recent days a notification of the deals to Congress for approval, five sources said on Monday, while China threatened retaliation.
The three weapons systems—of seven in the works—have been approved by the State Department and are these:
- High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)
- SLAM-ER, a long-range air-to-ground missile system
- external sensor pods for F-16 jets that allow the real-time transmission of imagery and data from the aircraft back to ground stations.
These aren’t just feel-good devices, either; they’ll give the Republic of China an ability to strike back hard and meaningfully against People’s Republic of China invasion forces along with recon data concerning approaching/maneuvering PRC forces.
Other weapons systems in the works include these, and their approvals and deliveries need to be moved along apace.
- large, sophisticated aerial drones
- land-based Harpoon anti-ship missiles
- underwater mines to meet amphibious landings and, depending on where deployed, to meet PLA Navy combatants
Still, these sales and deliveries, sound progress that they represent, need to be coupled with more frequent Naval sailings throughout the South and East China Seas and in the immediate vicinity of the RoC, including the Taiwan Strait, and port calls at RoC ports in order to maximize the sales’ potential and concrete effect.