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Tsai presides as Apache helicopters commissioned

2018-07-17
  • President Tsai Ing-wen

    President Tsai Ing-wen

    President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday oversaw the commissioning of 29 Apache attack helicopters purchased from the United States. (Photo by CNA)
President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday oversaw the commissioning of 29 Apache attack helicopters purchased from the United States. 
 
 
Tsai said the helicopters will play an important role.
 
 
"The fleet of AH-64E Apache helicopters will officially go into service on July 17, 2018. Today, I have witnessed excellent combat skills as a result of extensive hard training. Sophisticated weaponry is a means of improving combat power, but outstanding human quality is the core driving force," Tsai said.
 
 
Tsai said the helicopters will be an important milestone in meeting the military’s “multiple deterrence, resolute defense” strategy in the event of an invasion.
 
 
Taiwan originally purchased 30 Apache helicopters from the US in 2008. One of the helicopters was wrecked in a crash during a training flight in 2014.