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Taiwan conducts first live-fire drill with Apache helicopters

ROC Central News Agency

2015/08/27 22:52:40

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) Taiwan's Army conducted a live-fire drill earlier this week to test the combat capabilities of the recently acquired AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, marking the first time the U.S.-made choppers fired missiles in Taiwan, the Army confirmed Thursday.

The drill, conducted at a military base in southern Taiwan, was part of the Army's preparation for formally commissioning the most advanced attack helicopters in its fleet, the Army said.

Weapons fired from the participating Apache helicopters included the air-to-surface Hellfire missile and the Stinger missile, the Army said.

This was the first time the Apaches were used in a live-fire drill in Taiwan since the country began to take delivery of the helicopters in November 2013.

Taiwan has purchased a total of 30 Apaches, with the last batch of six such helicopters arriving in Taiwan last October.

(By Elaine Hou)

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