Apache he­li­copters to be show­cased later this year

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in see­ing Tai­wan’s most ad­vanced he­li­copter, the AH- 64E Apache, will have a chance to do so later this year when the mil­i­tary will open two of its bases to the public for two days, the Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense said Tues­day.

The he­li­copters will be put on dis­play Oct. 24 at Tsoy­ing Naval Base and Nov. 21 at Hs­inchu Air Base for public view­ing, ac­cord­ing to MND spokesman Luo Shou- he.

Apart from the open days, vis­its by agen­cies, schools and reg­is­tered groups that ap­ply ahead of time may be al­lowed once there is no dis­rup­tion of the train­ing, daily rou­tine, or rights and in­ter­ests of the sol­diers, Luo said.

Main­land Chi­nese, Hong Kong and Ma­cau cit­i­zens, how­ever, are not per­mit­ted to visit Tai­wan’s mil­i­tary bases, he said.

Luo also said visi­tors are not al­lowed to en­gage in cam­paign­ing ac­tiv­i­ties or to bring cam­paign vests, flags or ban­ners onto mil­i­tary bases.

There has been in­creas­ing public in­ter­est in the AH- 64E Apache since Lt. Col. Lao Naicheng a qual­i­fied Apache pi­lot, gave a lo­cal TV per­son­al­ity and other civil­ians ac­cess to the he­li­copter in March.

Lao has since been re­moved from his post as deputy head of a he­li­copter squadron in Taoyuan un­der the Army Avi­a­tion Spe­cial Forces Com­mand.

His case was re­ferred to Taoyuan pros­e­cu­tors, who de­cided on Aug. 21 af­ter months of in­ves­ti­ga­tion not to in­dict him or any of the visi­tors he al­lowed onto the base.

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