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CNN: State Department approves $500 million sale of infrared search and track systems for F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan 

The State Department approved an estimated $500 million sale of infrared search and track systems for F-16 fighter jets, as well as other related equipment, to Taiwan on Wednesday. 

The proposed sale of the infrared equipment will help Taiwan “defend its airspace, provide regional security, and increase interoperability with the United States,” the agency said in a statement. 

In addition to the infrared search and track systems, the sale would include “integration support, aircraft and munitions support, software support, spare parts, consumables, personnel training, and other related elements.”  

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WNU Editor: China has responded to this military sale …. US to sell aircraft tracking systems to Taiwan island with PLA’s J-20 stealth fighter in mind; scheme ‘futile’ (Global Times). More here …. China defence ministry urges US to stop ‘arming’ Taiwan (Reuters). 

U.S. Approves Another Military Sale To Taiwan  

Taiwan arms boosted as US approves US$500 million in F-16 sensors — SCMP

U.S. approves possible sale of F-16 search and track systems to Taiwan — Reuters

Taiwan’s F-16s Cleared To Receive IRST Targeting Systems — The Warzone

US approves potential $500m sale of military equipment to Taiwan — Al Jazeera 

F-16 infrared tracking systems can help Taiwan detect Chinese stealth fighters — Taiwan News