Congratulations are due to the Raytheon rep in Taiwan, who inked a big deal for missiles for Taiwan’s airforce:

The possible sale, requested by Taiwan, would involve the purchase of nearly 600 sophisticated missiles that would be used in F-16s to counter a Chinese attack across the Taiwan Strait. The announcement comes at a time when the Pentagon continues to be frustrated at the pan blue-dominated Legislative Yuan’s refusal to approve the purchase of a package of US weapons promised to Taiwan by US President George W. Bush in 2001. Reports have said the US has made it clear it will not sell additional advanced F-16 fighters to
Taiwan unless the arms sales package is approved.

The announcement, by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which handles foreign arms sales, put the value of the sale at up to US$421 million. It would consist of 218 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs), 235 AGM-65G2 Maverick Missiles, test missiles, 48 missile launchers, training missiles and various support systems and assistance programs.

Desperately needed. The US had withheld the previous delivery of AMRAAMs, as the Taipei Times reports, until 2002.