Monday, August 22, 2005

Taiwan to Co-Produce Choppers?

Taiwan has been trying to find money to buy submarines, anti-submarine aircraft, and Patriot missiles for years, but, Janes Defence Weekly (quoted by e-Taiwan News) reports the country is talking with Bell Helicopter-Textron, Sikorsky, and Boeing about co-producing helicopters.

The ROC Army is seeking to replace or upgrade its aging Hueys (UH-1Y Hueys or UH-60 Black Hawks would replace the army's UH-1Hs) and Super Cobras (bumping the AH-1Ws up to AH-1Z King Cobras or replacing them with AH-64D Apache Longbows). The article did not offer a timeframe for the replacements or indicate what stage the talks are in.