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Taiwan deploys 6 new Black Hawk helicopters for rescue operations

ROC Central News Agency

06/30/2021 04:04 PM

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Six UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters received last year by the National Airborne Service Corps (NASC) will be deployed in July for rescue missions after completing a six-month training program, the NASC said Wednesday.

To meet the need for air search and rescue missions, the Ministry of National Defense has allocated 15 of the 60 Black Hawk helicopters procured from the United States to the NASC.

The last batch of six helicopters for NASC arrived at Kaohsiung Harbor in October last year and have since been painted red and are stationed in Kaohsiung, the NASC statement said.

The helicopter brigade has spent the past six months training so their crews can conduct day and night search missions at sea and have enhanced their mid-air rescue capabilities, according to the NASC.

The six UH-60Ms are equipped with forward-looking infrared (FLIR) imaging systems, as well as nighttime search lights, radar and satellite communication systems. The additions are a huge boost to the nation's airborne search and rescue capabilities, the corps said.

(By Huang Li-yun and Evelyn Kao)

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