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Taiwan takes delivery of four more Black Hawk helicopters

Taiwan takes delivery of four more Black Hawk helicopters

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Taiwan has taken delivery of a further four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, part of a package of 60 such choppers from the United States, after the second batch of the aircraft was shipped to southern Taiwan earlier this week, the Army said Tuesday. The four Black Hawks arrived in Kaohsiung May 24 and were later put through ground and air testing after being unloaded and assembled, the Army said. After passing standard inspections and testing earlier Tuesday, two of the helicopters were flown to an Army Aviation Special Forces base in Guiren, in neighboring Tainan, while the two others were scheduled to be flown to the same base the following day, it added. The Guiren base is where Army personnel are receiving training on the new helicopter. The U.S. government announced in early 2010 that it would sell Taiwan the 60 choppers, worth a total of US$3.1 billion. The first batch of four was shipped to Taiwan last December. The 60 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered to Taiwan in 10 shipments, with the final batch of three to be shipped in 2019, the Army said. The Black Hawks are replacing the Army's aging fleet of UH-1H utility helicopters and will be deployed in northern and southern Taiwan for combat and rescue missions, it added. Meanwhile, the Black Hawks will be among the various types of military aircraft to participate in a military display scheduled for July 4 at a military base in Hukou, Hsinchu County, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Republic of China's 1945 victory over Japan in the Sino-Japanese War, a part of World War II in which Japan and the other Axis powers were defeated. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-28 07:59 GMT+08:00