Six more AH-64E Apache attack helicopters purchased from the US were being prepped yesterday to fly to a base in Greater Tainan after arriving in neighboring Greater Kaohsiung the previous evening, a military source said.
The six choppers are to fly from Kaohsiung Harbor to an Army Aviation Special Forces base in Greater Tainan over the next three days after unloading, assembly and standard checks are finished, the source said.
The six helicopters are the third shipment in a 30-helicopter package costing Taiwan more than US$2 billion.
Receiving the advanced helicopters has not gone entirely without snags.
Taiwan was notified by the US in the middle of December of a main transmission failure on an Apache AH-64E in service in the US, forcing Taiwan to ground the first six helicopters it received in November.
The second shipment was also grounded immediately after arriving in early January.
However, all 12 helicopters have been put back into service with new main transmission boxes after completing test flights and safety verifications, an army official said.