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Taiwan looking to purchase 5 new Black Hawks

Taiwan considering buying Black Hawks with night-operation capabilities to improve flight safety

Taiwanese Black Hawk helicopter.

Taiwanese Black Hawk helicopter. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Air Force is planning to purchase five Black Hawks with night-operation capabilities to improve flight safety.

During an inquiry session on Monday (Sept. 27) at the Legislative Yuan, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Shih-ying (蔡適應) asked about the progress on the matter. Air Force Chief of Staff Huang Chih-wei (黃志偉) said the price Washington had listed for the addition of night-operation equipment to the helicopters exceeded the original budget, CNA reported.

Therefore, another case is being introduced, and the military has requested that the U.S. give a new quote for five new Black Hawks with night-operation capabilities, Huang said.

This plan is part of the defense ministry’s efforts to improve flight safety following the tragic helicopter crash in January 2020 that resulted in eight deaths, including Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴).

Of the 60 Black Hawks Taiwan originally purchased from the U.S., 58 remain, with 30 of them allocated to the Army, 14 to the Ministry of the Interior’s Air Service Corps, and 14 assigned to the Air Force, per CNA. Only six of the Air Service Corps’ Black Hawks have night-operation capabilities.

Updated : 2021-12-06 08:57 GMT+08:00