Military enthusiasts in Taiwan had reason to rejoice on December 13. The Republic of China Army (ROCA) held an official ceremony at an Army base in Greater Tainan, Southern Taiwan, for the delivery of the first six of 30 Boeing AH-64E Apache “Guardian” attack helicopters ordered from the U.S.
For those who follow military developments on this side of the Taiwan Strait, the introduction of a new combat platform was a welcome change after years of seeing the same weapons systems operate during military exercises, a stark contrast with all the action that has been observed within the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on the Chinese side.
|Pilots pose for photos in Tainan|
Taiwan, which had initially ordered the AH-64D Block III under the Tian Ying, or “Sky Eagle” program, was the first international client for the Guardian model, which attained initial operating capability (IOC) in the U.S. Army in November 2013.
My article, published today in The Diplomat, continues here. (Photos by the author)