An AH-64D Longbow Apache, the E-type is the improved version (Image © Boeing)

Taiwan gets AH-64Es today

An AH-64D Longbow Apache, the E-type is the improved version (Image © Boeing)
An AH-64D Longbow Apache, the E-type is the improved version (Image © Boeing)

UPDATE 2013 Nov. 7: Tail numbers of the first batch are: 808, 809, 810, 812, 813, 814

Taiwan gets its first batch of 6 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters today, Monday November 4th, 2013, the country’s military confirmed.

The Republic of China, as Taiwan is also known, has been granted an order of 30 Apaches of the latest E-version. Compared to the AH-64D the Echo model has better performances, better digital communications & systems, would be able to survive longer, has cognitive decision aiding and reduced operating and support costs.

Taiwan is not the first country to operate the E-version. The US Army also operates the type, spearheaded by the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion based at JB Lewis-McChord in Washington with 24 aircraft. The Indonesian armed forces were granted a delivery of eight of the type last August. In total more than 1,200 AH-64 of all types have been produced since 1986 when deliveries started.

Source: Republic of China Government

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