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Taiwan to take delivery of Black Hawks in late 2014

ROC Central News Agency

2013/11/07 22:46:19

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) The United States will start delivering 60 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to Taiwan in late 2014, Taiwan's Army said Thursday after showing off recently delivered AH-64E Apache copters at a base in Tainan.

Six of the 30 Apaches Taiwan purchased from the United States have been delivered, with the remaining to arrive next year. Following that, the U.S. will begin to deliver the 60 Black Hawks to Taiwan, according to the Army Headquarters' Aviation & Special Forces Command.

The UH-60 helicopters will be mainly used for transportation. Fifteen of them will be used for disaster relief by Taiwan's National Airborne Service Corps under the Ministry of the Interior, according to the command.

A group of pilots, including two women, are receiving training in the U.S. for flying the Black Hawks. When the seed instructors return home, they will train more pilots, including female officers, said the command.

In an early 2010 announcement, the U.S. government said it was selling Taiwan 60 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, worth US$3.1 billion; as well as two Osprey Class mine-hunting ships and 12 ATM-84L and RTM-84L Harpoon Block II Telemetry missiles.

Also included in that sales package were 114 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) missiles and technical support worth US$2.82 billion, 35 multifunctional information distribution systems low volume terminals (MIDS/LVT-1) and 25 MIDS on ships terminals.

(By Claudia Liu and S.C. Chang)

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