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New addition to Air Force's rescue squadron to be displayed at show

ROC Central News Agency

2012/08/10 13:15:54

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) The latest addition to Taiwan's Air Force rescue squadron, the EC225 search-and-rescue helicopter, will be one of many aircraft on display at an air show in southern Taiwan Saturday, the Air Force said recently.

Purchased from France, the advanced EC225 Super Puma helicopter will beef up the squadron's disaster response capabilities, the Air Force said.

Other military aircraft to be shown to the public at Chiayi Air Base include the country's main combat warplanes -- the F-16 A/B jet fighter, the Mirage 2000-5 and the Indigenous Defense Fighter -- as well as the C-130 transport plane, according to the Air Force.

At the air show, there will be flybys and other aerial maneuvers to showcase the skill of Air Force pilots. For example, the Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team will fly AT-3 jet trainers to perform a series of spectacular stunts.

The air show will also include demonstrations of the F-16 A/B, the Mirage 2000-5 and the IDF, as well as the S-70C -- the backbone of the rescue squadron.

In early July, three all-weather EC225s were commissioned to the Air Force's rescue squadron, which is based in Chiayi.

The three EC225 choppers, which cost US$110 million, are equipped with de-icing systems, life rafts, automatic flight control systems and other advanced devices.

(By Elaine Hou)

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