Amidst the ongoing tension with China, Taiwan is going to get the superpowerful M109 howitzer cannon from America. This deal of $ 750 million has been approved by the Biden administration. It is believed that like before, China can take a tough stand on the US-Taiwan arms purchase agreement this time too. Last year, China banned US arms makers Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for selling fighter jets and missiles to Taiwan.
There will be a big increase in Taiwan’s defense capability
CNN reported in its report that the Biden administration formally approved the deal on Wednesday, according to a US State Department spokesman, two congressional sources and a notification from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The deal covers a total of 40 M109A6 howitzer systems and related equipment. A US State Department spokesperson claimed that the proposed sale would make a major contribution to the modernization of Taiwan’s howitzer fleet. Due to this deal, it will be able to strengthen its self-defense capabilities to deal with present and future threats.
US Congress had already given green signal
The Congressional source told CNN that Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez had already approved the sale as part of an informal review process. It is a common practice in which Senate and House foreign committees express their opinion on arms sales. It is believed that only after getting permission from the Senate, this deal is approved by the State Department and the Pentagon and the administration.
There is an agreement with America to protect Taiwan
It is being told that the US has approved the sale of arms to this country under the decades-old Taiwan Relations Act. In October last year, the then Trump administration approved the sale of weapons worth $ 1.8 billion. The deal includes advanced sensors for F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, M1A2T Abrams tanks, portable Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, MK-48 Mod6 torpedoes, supersonic low altitude missiles to destroy enemy warships at sea and Hammer rockets. Were.
How dangerous is the M109A6 howitzer
America’s M109A6 Howitzer is a self-propelled gun. This means that if no man is needed to fill the balls in it. The M109A6 is an upgraded version of America’s older M109 howitzer. This howitzer played a major role in overthrowing Saddam Hussein’s regime. Apart from this, it has also been used in the Syrian Civil War. Weighing 27.5 tonnes, this howitzer has a 155 mm main gun. Apart from this, it is also equipped with 50 caliber M-2 machine gun.
Taiwan testing war weapons
Taiwan recently test-fired Wan Chien-2, a precision attack air-to-ground missile, after strengthening its military presence in the South China Sea. This missile is so dangerous that it can destroy China’s tanks, cannons, army bases and weapons depots stationed 400 km away in an instant. In Chinese, Wan Chien means 10,000 swords. This missile is designed to attack enemy positions hundreds of kilometers on the ground from airplanes with pin point accuracy.
Taiwan has the most missiles by area
According to the report of the South China Morning Post, Taiwan has so many missiles which is the highest in the world in terms of area. However, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has not released the total number of these missiles till date. According to Taipei’s China Times newspaper, Taiwan has a total of more than 6000 missiles.
That’s why the enemies are China and Taiwan
In 1949, the Communist Party led by Mao Zedong overthrew the Comingtang government led by Chiang Kai-shek. After which Chiang Kai-shek went to the island of Taiwan and formed his government. At that time the Communist Party did not have a strong navy. So they did not conquer the island by crossing the sea. Since then Taiwan considers itself to be the Republic of China.
[Attribution to NBT]