No classified info in Apache photos: MND
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday said that the photos of powered- down AH-64E Apache Military Assault helicopters that have become the center of media attention have not leaked any sensitive and classified information.
Initially, much of the criticism in the ongoing case has been centered around the photos released by local TV personality Janet Lee ( ). The photos had allegedly breached security protocols for releasing im- ages of classified software that installed on the Apache choppers.
However, during a press conference yesterday, the MND spokesman Luo Shao-he ( ) said that according to information provided from the U.S., all information that was allegedly revealed through the photos had already been reviewed and approved by the United States Army.
Reportedly, the U.S. Army had said that the exterior and the interior of the choppers do not risk leaking sensitive information when powered down, and that the U.S.
is Army has publically displayed the same information multiple times during various public events and expos.
In regards to MND InspectorGeneral Lt. Gen. Thompson Chen’s ( ) comments that the tactical helmet Lt. Col. Lao Nai-cheng ( ) removed from one of the choppers without authorization only cost NT$18,000, Luo said that the Apache helmets are known as the Integrated Helmet And Display Sight System (IHADSS).
Luo said that without having the display systems attached to the helmet, as seen in Lao’s picture which has sparked widespread criticism, the helmet is no different than a regular helmet seen on the streets. With the system attached, however, Luo said the entire system would then have a NT$2.09 million value.
Luo also said that the 601st Brigade is now opened, and will enable national defense personnel to view the choppers. In the future, Luo added, schools and other public associations would be allowed to apply to take tours to look at the Apache choppers, as long as the application
procedure abides by regulations.
MND to Tally Apache Tours
In related news, the in order to get a precise understanding of the number of tours the 601’s Brigade personell have conducted, the MND recently ordered a survey to be conducted at the brigade.
Reportedly, the survey concluded that there have been 390 people other than the party led by Lao. Of the 390, 385 people had gone through proper channels to enter the premise, while only five people had entered the brigade illegally.