Taiwan gets six more Apache choppers
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.