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Taiwan receives second batch of four UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters 2705154

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World Defense & Security News - Taiwan
 
 
Taiwan receives second batch of four UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters
 
Taiwan has taken delivery of a further four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, part of a package of 60 such choppers from the United States, after the second batch of the aircraft was shipped to southern Taiwan earlier this week, the Republic of China's Army said Tuesday, May 26. The four Black Hawks arrived in Kaohsiung May 24 and were later put through ground and air testing after being unloaded and assembled.
     
Taiwan has taken delivery of a further four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, part of a package of 60 such choppers from the United States, after the second batch of the aircraft was shipped to southern Taiwan earlier this week, the Republic of China's Army said Tuesday, May 26. The four Black Hawks arrived in Kaohsiung May 24 and were later put through ground and air testing after being unloaded and assembled.
Second batch of four UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters arrives in Taiwan
     
After passing standard inspections and testing earlier Tuesday, two of the helicopters were flown to an RoC Army Aviation Special Forces base in Guiren, in neighboring Tainan, while the two others were scheduled to be flown to the same base the following day, it added. The Guiren base is where Taiwanese Army personnel are receiving training on the new helicopter.

The US government announced in early 2010 that it would sell Taiwan the 60 choppers, worth a total of US$3.1 billion. The first batch of four was shipped to Taiwan last December.

The 60 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered to Taiwan in 10 shipments, with the final batch of three to be shipped in 2019, the RoC Army said.

The Black Hawks are replacing the RoCA's aging fleet of UH-1H utility helicopters and will be deployed in northern and southern Taiwan for combat and rescue missions, it added.

According to the US Defense and Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the Taiwanese UH-60Ms will be configured to include the standard General Electric T-700-GE-701D engines, AN/APR-39A(V)2 radar warning receivers, AN/ALQ- 144A(V)1 infrared countermeasure sets, AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems, AN/AVR-2B laser detecting sets, GAU-19/A .50 calibre Gatling-type guns, and Po-Sheng Communication/Data Link Systems. In addition, AN/AVS-9 night vision goggles will also be supplied.

(Source: WantChinaTimes)