January 17, 2015 21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com
After eight years of negotiations, Taiwan is finally getting its next-generation utility helicopters.
In December last year, the first four UH-60M Blackhawks for Taiwan’s special forces arrived in Kaohsiung Port.
An additional 56 UH-60M’s are being delivered until 2018 as replacements for Taiwan’s UH-1H Hueys. The deal is worth $3.1 billion.
This transaction is just the latter half of a major helicopter deal that has been in the works since 2002 during the administration of President George W. Bush. It originally included a 2002 request for 30 AH-64D Apaches and in 2005 Taiwan wanted “price and availability data” for 60 utility helicopters.