Missile Parts Sent to Taiwan in Error
By THOM SHANKER
Published: March 26, 2008
WASHINGTON ¡X Instead of sending helicopter batteries, the United States shipped four electrical fuses for Minuteman nuclear missile warheads to Taiwan, a mistake that was discovered only last week ¡X a year and a half after the erroneous shipment, Pentagon officials disclosed on Tuesday.
The nose cone fuses are just under two feet long, and authorities in Taiwan have assured the Pentagon that the canisters have remained unopened and in storage the entire time Taiwan had them, officials said.
Even so, part of the investigation will include intelligence and technical analysis to determine whether the fuses were examined or otherwise tampered with.
Officials said the error came to light last week when Taiwanese officials alerted the United States.
So, can we give you back the useless fuzes and have the helicopter batteries please?