Sunday, August 30, 2009

Taiwan will go ahead with its purchase of 60 Black Hawks

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) said despite statements from the president suggesting a redeployment of funds, Taiwan will go ahead with its purchase of 60 Black Hawk helicopters from the United States.

President Ma said on the 18th that Taiwan could cut its purchase of Black Hawk helicopters by 15 in order to free up funds to buy rescue helicopters and other emergency supplies. But in a statement issued Sunday, the MOD said the plan is to purchase the 60 Black Hawk helicopters, and earmark 15 of the helicopters for rescue missions. This way, said the statement, Taiwan can fulfill its emergency relief needs without compromising defense capabilities.

The statement said the Black Hawk helicopter is a multi-functional helicopter. With adequate training and backup, it can effectively perform as a military or a rescue helicopter as the needs arise.


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