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Taiwan warns of U.S. weapons shipments delays due to war in Ukraine

Added 05-03-22 07:35:01pm EST - “Washington's rush to arm Ukraine is putting U.S. weapons shipment to Taiwan at risk of delay, Taiwanese officials are warning.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Taiwan warns of U.S. weapons shipments delays due to war in Ukraine”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Washington’s rush to arm Ukraine is putting U.S. weapons shipment to Taiwan at risk of delay, Taiwanese officials are warning.

The U.S. has agreed to send 250 Stinger surface-to-air missiles in phased installments by 2026. But after surging a quarter of the Pentagon’s stockpile of the shoulder-fired systems to Ukraine, Raytheon Technologies is now facing a significant production backlog of the shoulder-fired system.

“It is true that due to changes in the international situation, there may be a risk of delayed delivery this year of the portable Stinger missiles,” Chu Wen-wu, deputy head of Taiwan’s army planning department told reporters Tuesday. “The Army will coordinate with the full procurement plan and continue to require the U.S. military to implement it normally in accordance with the contract.”

On Monday, Taiwan’s defense ministry warned of a similar hold-up of 40 M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers, which the U.S. agreed to ship to Taiwan beginning in 2023 as part of a sale finalized in August.

The ministry said that due to a “crowded” production line, the shipment would not be completed until 2026 at the earliest and that it would consider an alternative long-range weapons system.

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