Monday, October 29, 2012

Taiwanese pilots, crew to begin training on AH-64 'Echo' Apache in November

An AH-64E Apache helicopter in flight
The Apache 'Delta' Block III had enough significant upgrades to warrant a new designation. Taiwan received its first one of 30 in May 

The Taiwanese army earlier this year took delivery of the first of 30 Apache combat helicopters from the US and next month pilots and crew will begin training on the platform, which recently received a new designation from the US Army. 

As a result of the significant upgrades made to the AH-64D Block III Apache during its development, the US Army recently decided to re-designate it the E model. To date, 25 AH-64Es have been delivered to the US Army and Taiwan received its first delivery during a low-key handover ceremony at Boeing Co’s Mesa facilities in Arizona in May. 

According to Aviation Week, training for Taiwanese pilots and crews is expected to begin next month.

My article, published today in the Taipei Times, continues here.

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