The TADTE 2023 show was held in Taiwan last week. During the event, a BAE Systems representative said the company wants to sell the latest M109A7 Paladin self-propelled howitzers to Taiwan.
This is what we know
BAE Systems is in talks with the Taiwanese Army. According to a company spokesperson, the military is interested in the M109A7. Currently, the service has approximately 200 M109A2 and M109A5 self-propelled artillery systems in service.
Several years ago, Taiwan wanted to buy 40 M109A6 howitzers, but in 2021, US authorities decided to cancel the potential deal. The reasons for this decision have not yet been specified.
In addition to the M109A7 Paladin, BAE Systems plans to deliver eight M88A2 Hercules evacuation vehicles to Taiwan in 2024. The island country also wants to modernize 60 M88A1 vehicles.