Taiwan grounds new US-made choppers over malfunction fears
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan on Wednesday grounded its new fleet of US-made Apache attack helicopters for checks after a notice from Washington warning the model could malfunction.
"There was some malfunctioning of the planes in the US army last week so we are doing some special checks now. (The helicopters) can resume flying once the checks are completed," Defence Minister Yen Ming told a parliamentary meeting.
The US will pay for testing and repair fees, he added.
It is just five days since Taiwan's military displayed the new AH-64E Apache helicopters to the public in a high-profile ceremony presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou, who pledged to maintain a "solid defence force" despite warming ties with former arch-rival China.