Boeing, Sikorsky and GE caught in middle after US sale to Taiwan

Black hawk.jpgBoeing, Sikorsky and GE could face sanctions as the US goes ahead with the latest arms sales to Taiwan.

Beijing, for the first time, has threatened sanctions against the companies that are involved in the sale. The deal includes 60 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters that are powered by GE engines, and Harpoon missiles that are manufactured by Boeing.

The sale was not unexpected – and it has not included the F-16s that Taiwan covets.

China’s opposition was not unexpected either, but the extent to which it may go to protest the decision could have implications in the wider aerospace industry. Boeing, Sikorsky and GE all have long-standing commercial links with the mainland, and have said that it is a key part of their growth strategy in the coming years.

Expect this to unfold further in the coming weeks, and we will try to get a reaction from the companies at the Singapore Airshow.

3 Responses to Boeing, Sikorsky and GE caught in middle after US sale to Taiwan

  1. Spacman 31 January, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    And the tiger has woken!!

  2. Kinbin 2 February, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Throw the tiger three juicy, aged Porterhouse steaks with bone, compliments of Boeing, Sirkorsky, and GE. That’ll keep the tiger pre-occupied. Ruth Chris, Mortons, Peter Lugers (New York), or Sparks (New York) will do just fine.

  3. Siva Govindasamy 2 February, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Hahahaha. In any case, I reckon it is all a bit of bluster on the part of the Chinese. Of course, I could be proven wrong tomorrow!

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