First P-3C Orion for Taiwan

The first P-3C Orion for Taiwan upon arrival at Pingtung. (Image © Taiwan Ministry of National Defense)
The first P-3C Orion for Taiwan upon arrival at Pingtung. (Image © Taiwan Ministry of National Defense)

Taiwan received the first of twelve ex-US P-3C Orion aircraft this week. The aircraft was delivered to Pingtung airbase on Wednesday. It was a US crew who flew the plane. The other eleven P-3C’ should be delivered by 2015.

Taiwan and the US agreed on the sale, worth almost two billion USD, in 2007. Neighbouring China strongly objects to the deal. The Eastern superpower once more said this week that it opposes any arms sales to Taiwan.

Meanwhile Taiwan is using the Orions to replace their almost prehistoric Grumman S-2T Turbo Trackers, well known among enthusiasts by their fabulous blue camouflage scheme. Both the Turbo Tracker and the new Orion are anti-submarine platforms.

© 2013 AIRheads’ Elmer van Hest