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Official P-3C sub-hunter plane delivery ceremony set for late October

ROC Central News Agency

2013/10/20 17:14:50

Taipei, Oct. 20 (CNA) The military said Sunday it will hold a ceremony marking the delivery of the first P-3C submarine-hunting aircraft from the United States at the end of this month, with President Ma Ying-jeou presiding.

The military did not specify the date when the ceremony will be held.

The first of 12 P-3C anti-submarine aircraft arrived in Taiwan on Sept. 25, and another three are set to arrive by the year's end. The 12 submarine-hunting aircraft and related equipment and services, worth over US$1.96 billion, are part of an arms deal with the U.S. announced in 2007.

The P-3C planes perform air, surface and subsurface patrols, as well as reconnaissance tasks. Described as long-endurance aircraft, the P-3C planes are capable of remaining airborne for 12 hours, with a range of 2,800 nautical miles.

All 12 aircraft are scheduled to arrive by 2015 and will be housed at the Republic of China Air Force's Pingtung air base.

(By Claudia Liu and Scully Hsiao)
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