Tai­wan gets six more Apache chop­pers

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Aship­ment of six AH-64E Apache at­tack he­li­copters from the United States ar­rived in Tai­wan in midMarch. Six he­li­copters ar­rived at the port of Kaoh­si­ung on March 17. The he­li­copters will be per­ma­nently sta­tioned in north­ern Tai­wan in the fu­ture, the of­fi­cial said.

The ship­ment is one of five batches of six he­li­copters be­ing de­liv­ered to Tai­wan as part of a 30-he­li­copter or­der from the US that is cost­ing Tai­wan more than $2 bil­lion.

The process has not been with­out snags. Tai­wan was no­ti­fied by the United States in mid-De­cem­ber of a main trans­mis­sion fail­ure on an Apache AH-64E in ser­vice in the US, forc­ing Tai­wan to ground the first six Apache chop­pers it had re­ceived in Novem­ber.

It also did not fly the next six Apaches that ar­rived in Jan­uary, in­stead us­ing ground trans­port to get them to the air­base. Tai­wan’s mil­i­tary has since re­placed the main trans­mis­sion boxes of all 12 air­craft as a pre­cau­tion.

The fi­nal two batches of six chop­pers each will be de­liv­ered to Tai­wan with the new trans­mis­sion boxes and are ex­pected to ar­rive in May and July, re­spec­tively.

The model E is the lat­est in the Apache at­tack he­li­copter se­ries. The US and Tai­wan are the only two coun­tries that use the lat­est Apache he­li­copter model so far.

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