First batch of Taiwanese Black Hawks delivered
December 07, 2014 • Leave a Comment
ROCA UH-60M Black Hawk 904 undergoes flight testing after having been assembled at the Port of Kaohsiung. Photo credit: ROCA
The first batch of four UH-60M Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopters destined for the Republic of China Army (ROCA) has been delivered. Arriving by sea at the Port of Kaohsiung on December 3 2014, the helicopters were unloaded, assembled and flight tested before being flown on December 6 to Guiren Air Force Base in Tainan where air and ground crew training will be conducted.
The UH-60M is the newest variant of the venerable Black hawk helicopter, and is fitted with improved engines, glass cockpit, digital avionics and new rotor blades.
A total of 60 Black Hawks — worth US$3.1 billion — are on order for Taiwan, as part of an arms sale package signed with the U.S. in 2010. They are to replace the ROCA's aging UH-1H Huey fleet that have been in service since 1970. Plans call for the Black Hawks to be delivered in 10 batches, with the last scheduled in 2019.
An ROCA Blackhawk is being unloaded at the Port of Kaohsiung. Photo credit: ROCA
ROCA UH-60M Black Hawk 904 lifts off from the Port of Kaohsiung for a flight test. Photo credit: ROCA
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