Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) plans to procure additional Patriot III missiles from the US to beef up its air defense capabilities amid growing pressure from China.
According to a report by Taiwan News, the official purchase of an additional batch of Patriot missile systems could be made in 2025 or 2026.
Although the precise number of Patriot missiles to be purchased was not disclosed, Army Recognition stated that the air defense system would add to the seven American Patriot missiles that Taiwan acquired from 2011 to 2015.
Meanwhile, the MND recently signed an agreement with the American Institute in Taiwan for follow-up support and maintenance for the country’s Patriot missiles. Valued at $7.26 million, the deal would see Raytheon technicians dispatched to Taiwan to assist in deploying the missiles and ensuring the system’s stability.