Taiwan and U.S. sign deal for annual missile shipment: Report

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The U.S. and Taiwan have struck a deal worth $130.5 million for an annual shipment of anti-tank missiles, reports the Taipei Times.

The arrangement will see the U.S. supply Taiwan with 460 TOW-2B Aero RF (radio frequency) anti tank missiles, the Taipei Times reports, citing a Taiwan Ministry of National Defence source. This will reportedly see the U.S. supply Taiwan with the missiles on a yearly basis from 2018 until 2024.

The deal is part of a $1.83 billion arms sales package that Taiwan negotiated with the Obama administration in late 2015.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of missile and Taiwan
2. Depiction of missile launch and tank
3. Depiction of warhead detonation
4. Depiction of tank explosion

VOICEOVER (in English):

“According to the Taipei Times, Taiwan has agreed to buy TOW-2B Aero RF anti-tank missiles from the U.S.”

“Unlike its 2A counterpart, the 2B can be operated wirelessly.”

“The missiles will reportedly be deployed on Taiwan and its surrounding islands.”

“Unlike a rocket-propelled grenade, the TOW-2B projectile doesn’t fly directly at the target.”

“It has a range of 4.5 kilometers.”

“The 2B missile contains fly-over shoot down warheads.”

“The missile detonates over a tank and sends the ordinance downwards to the roof.”

“The roof of a tank is where armour is usually weaker and more vulnerable to attack.”


SOURCES: Taipei Times, Popular Mechanics, Reuters
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/03/31/2003690383
https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a17654/watch-this-tow-2b-missile-pop-the-top-off-a-russian-tank-like-a-bottle-of-beer/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taiwan-arms/obama-administration-authorizes-1-83-billion-arms-sale-to-taiwan-idUSKBN0TZ2C520151217