The first lot of four Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters the Republic of China Army (RoC Army; Taiwan) bought from the US was delivered to the port of Kaohsiung on 4 December 2014. The assembling and flight testing were started upon arrival, with the first machine airborne hours after making it to its new home.
The first UH-60M helicopter (No. 903) was craned from the cargo ship at 10:00 in the morning. After being checked by the related technicians with equipment receiving plan and standard operating procedure, it was then transported to the assembly area to be assembled. It was tested and flight-tested in the afternoon. The UH-60Ms fly to Guiren Air Force Base in Tainan for training.
All 60 helicopters that Taiwan has ordered are expected to be in the country by 2018 and are the successors of the legendary UH-1H “Huey”. Fifteen aircraft will fly for the Ministry of Interior.
The Black Hawks are the second large rotary wing order for Taiwan in a short time. In October the final batch of 30 AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters was delivered.
Source: RoC Army with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger