07:17 “Military News” Strengthen the anti-Chinese warfare, the US government announces the sale of 12 F-16s and two missiles



The US State Department agreed to sell the Philippine F-16 fighter jets and other military weapons.  (Associated Press)

The US State Department agreed to sell the Philippine F-16 fighter jets and other military weapons. (Associated Press)

2021/06/25 07:17

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report]The Philippines and China are deadlocked over the disputed territorial issue in the South China Sea. At this time, the US government announced that it agreed to sell the Philippine F-16 fighter jets, Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, and Harpoon anti-ship missiles, total amount More than 2.5 billion U.S. dollars (approximately NT$70.6 billion).

“Reuters” reported that the Philippines has been looking forward to the introduction of new multi-function fighters, targeting the F-16 and the Griffin fighters of the Swedish Saab Group. The Pentagon announced on Thursday, local time, that the US State Department agreed to sell the aforementioned weapons to the Philippines.

At this moment, the United States is also seeking to update the “Visiting Forces Agreement” (VFA) with the Philippines. This is a strategic agreement that is crucial for Washington, especially as China expands in Asia in an unprecedented period of time.

The Pentagon mentioned that the Philippines has proposed to purchase 10 F-16C Block 70/72 and 2 F-16D Block 70/72, both of which will be manufactured by the US arms dealer Lockheed Martin. The contract also includes spare parts and training services. In addition, the Pentagon also announced that Congress may sell 12 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and their equipment, worth about 120 million U.S. dollars, and 24 AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and spare parts for a total of 42.4 million U.S. dollars.



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