Also planned is the delivery of up to 60 modern Harpoon-type missiles, worth $355 million, which can be used to sink attacking ships.
Since the split between China and Taiwan in 1949, Beijing has viewed the island as a breakaway territory that it wants to reunite with the mainland - if necessary, using military force. The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has raised fears that Beijing could use a similar approach in its dealings with Taiwan.
Most recently, the visit to Taiwan by US top politician Nancy Pelosi at the beginning of August caused a massive increase in tension. China held the largest military maneuvers in its history in the waters around Taiwan in response to Pelosi's visit.