|MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS||July 30, 1999|
The Department of Defense announced today the possible sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States of a Cooperative Logistics Supply Support Arrangement (CLSSA) for spare parts in support of F-5E/F, C-130H, Indigenous Defense Fighter, F-16A/B with Block 15 Mid-Life Upgrade and for U.S. systems and sub-systems of the aircraft. The estimated cost is $150 million.
This proposed sale is consistent with United States law and policy, as expressed in Public Law 96-8.
These spare parts are required to assure that aircraft and aircraft systems previously procured from the United States are maintained in a mission capable status. The recipient will have no difficulty utilizing these additional spare parts.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
Procurement of these items will be from the many contractors providing similar items to the U.S. armed forces. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Taiwan.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.