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Taiwan expecting US-made Apaches in October: Report

Published on Jan 13, 2013 10:00 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - The first of a fleet of Apache helicopters ordered by Taiwan from the United States are due to be delivered in October as the island modernises its military despite warming ties with China, local media reported on Sunday.

The US$6.5 billion (S$7.96 billion) arms deal, including a fleet of 30 Apache Longbow helicopters, was announced in 2008, drawing the ire of Beijing.

The first six Apache AH-64Es, the latest variant of one of the world's most powerful attack helicopters, will join the Taiwan army in October, the United Daily News said.

The Taiwanese army will become the first force outside the US to introduce the variant, it said.

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