Taiwan’s Army has formally inducted into service the AH-64E Apache attack helicopters during a ceremony attended by President Tsai Ing-Wen in Taoyuan City, on 17 July.
According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND), on 17 July Taiwan’s Army was officially commissioned all of its Apache attack helicopters purchased from the United States, having completed the necessary pilot training and verification of the fleet’s combat capability.
One of the helicopters was destroyed in a crash during a training flight in Taoyuan in April 2014 and the other 29 have been allocated to the command’s 601st Brigade which is based in Longtan, Taoyuan.
During a ceremony attended by President Tsai Ing-Wen said that: “I have confidence in this brigade, said the president, adding that it would play an important role in the military’s efforts to defend the country and deter the enemy.”
“The government would continue to support the military as it tries to facilitate plans for strengthening the country’ defense capability,” – also adding Tsai Ing-Wen.
Taiwan purchased the 30 AH-64E Apache helicopters from the U.S. at cost of NT$59.31 billion (USD1.94 billion) in 2008, in a deal that included personnel training and logistics, and took delivery of the aircraft over the period November 2013 to October 2014.
The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces. The AH-64E attack helicopter is the latest version of the AH-64, used by the US Army. It is also known as Apache Guardian.
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