Taiwan officially signed a contract with the US for the purchase of four unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) MQ-9B SeaGuardian worth $555 million.
A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official announced through a social media post that after intensive discussions between the two countries, the Air Force Command invited a military delegation from the US to sign a formal supply contract for four MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAVs at the American Institute in Taiwan.
The contract entered into force on August 24 and will continue until the end of 2029, with the first drone to arrive in Taiwan in 2025. The $555 million price includes four SeaGardian UAVs, equipment and support systems associated with the ground control station.
The location mentioned in the contract where the drones will be stationed is the Hualien region, in the east of the country. This agreement comes after a “promise” made by Taiwan to develop better defense systems against Chinese drones invading its airspace.
Also, the US drone will be able to monitor the maritime space around Taiwan, where Chinese Navy warships often come very close to the island’s shores for “military exercises”.
Taiwan vowed last week to develop a tougher strategy against Chinese provocations, as well will now shoot down Chinese drones that violate its national airspace and they will not obey the warnings of the Taiwanese military.
Source: Taiwan News