Taiwan’s purchase of US mobile communication system could help counter Chinese cyberattack

Taiwan’s purchase of US mobile communication system could help counter Chinese cyberattack

A military Field Information Communications System the US has recently approved for sales to Taiwan could help the self-ruled island counter a cyberattack launched by the People’s Liberation Army, which would be of great importance in the event of war, according to analysts.

Though the system is not as eye-catching as other weapons the US has sold to Taiwan this year, it is something the island’s military cannot do without if it is to fight the increasingly powerful cyberwarfare of the PLA, they said.

On Monday, the US State Department notified Congress of the possible sale of the US$280 million Field Information Communications System to Taiwan to help modernise the island’s armed forces and maintain a credible defensive capability.

The deal consists of 154 communications nodes, 24 communication relays, eight network management systems and related equipment plus personnel training, technical and logistic support, according to the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency.