Boeing to build missiles for Taiwan: US DoD
CNAWASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Boeing to manufacture 32 Harpoon missile bodies for Taiwan, the department announced yesterday on its website.
July 31, 2010, 12:30 am TWN
The missile bodies are included in a US$65.99 million contract awarded to Boeing for the procurement of not only the missiles, but also Harpoon canisters for Canada and missile spares for the Netherlands, Portugal, Japan, the United Kingdom, Israel, Pakistan, Turkey and Singapore.
Taiwan's purchase, at a cost of US$43.85 million, accounts for 66.4 percent of the entire contract, according to the press release.
The missile components are expected to be completed in June 2011, said the department.
The Harpoon is an all-weather, over the-horizon,anti-ship missile system developed and manufactured in 1977 by McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
The Defense Department approved in 2008 Taiwan's request for the missiles which are reportedly to be used to arm Taiwan's two submarines.