Inside the Ring: Pentagon Sending Stingers to Taiwan

Three Taiwanese soldiers demonstrate a US-made dual mounted stinger missiles during the aerospace and defense technology exhibition at the World Trade Center in Taipei

Three Taiwanese soldiers demonstrate a US-made dual mounted stinger missiles during the aerospace and defense technology exhibition at the World Trade Center in Taipei / Getty Images

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Amid growing tensions between China and Taiwan over Beijing’s decision to sharply increase aircraft flights along the center of the Taiwan Strait, the Pentagon is preparing to transfer Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to the Taiwanese military in the coming months.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry announced Jan. 22 that it will take delivery later this year of some 250 FIM-92 Stinger missiles. The shoulder-fired Stinger is considered a highly effective surface-to-air missile that uses an infrared homing system to track and hit aircraft.

The missiles are part of a $453 million arms package that was approved in 2015. Other items include a torpedo life-extension package and Standard Missile-2 spare modules.

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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Bill Gertz is senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon he was a national security reporter, editor, and columnist for 27 years at the Washington Times. Bill is the author of seven books, four of which were national bestsellers. His most recent book was iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age, a look at information warfare in its many forms and the enemies that are waging it. Bill has an international reputation. Vyachaslav Trubnikov, head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, once called him a “tool of the CIA” after he wrote an article exposing Russian intelligence operations in the Balkans. A senior CIA official once threatened to have a cruise missile fired at his desk after he wrote a column critical of the CIA’s analysis of China. And China’s communist government has criticized him for news reports exposing China’s weapons and missile sales to rogues states. The state-run Xinhua news agency in 2006 identified Bill as the No. 1 “anti-China expert” in the world. Bill insists he is very much pro-China—pro-Chinese people and opposed to the communist system. Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld once told him: “You are drilling holes in the Pentagon and sucking out information.” His Twitter handle is @BillGertz.

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