The Republic of China (Taiwan) received its second batch of six AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters on 2 January 2014, Taiwanese media report.
The helicopters arrived per ship in the harbour of Kaohsiung, from where they will be transferred to Army Aviation Special Forces base in Tainan City to prepare them for their first test flights on their new home turf.
Taiwan already took delivery of the first six Apache Guardian in November, from a total order of 30 AH-64Es. They were almost immediately grounded after a US Army AH-64E showed a serious malfunction in the main transmission at Joint Base Lewis McChord near Seattle in Washington, USA. But none of the RoC Apaches showed a problem. However, the Taiwanese Ministry of Defence waits with flight clearance – including for the batch that just arrived – until they get word from the Americans.
The Echo Model is the newest and most advanced version of the legendary American made attack helicopter. The type was officially declared operational worldwide in November 2013. Taipei pays more than 2 billion US dollars for the 30 machines. By July this year all Taiwanese AH-64Es are scheduled to have been delivered.
Sources include the Focus Taiwan News Channel
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