Army denies reports of Israel’s interest in disgraced Apache pilot

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/08/22
By: Claudia Liu and Elaine Hou

Taipei, Aug. 22 (CNA) Taiwan’s Army on Saturday denied local media reports that Israel

Lao Nai-cheng

is interested in recruiting a Taiwanese Army pilot who was disciplined after he breached military security by giving civilians access to Taiwan’s AH-64E Apache attack helicopters earlier this year.

The Army said it was not aware of such a development and it dismissed the reports as ungrounded rumors.

The local media reported Saturday that Israel was interested in recruiting Lt. Col. Lao Nai-cheng (勞乃成) as an adviser, as the country was planning to purchase AH-64E Apache helicopters.

Lao, a qualified Apache pilot, was removed from his post as deputy head of a helicopter squadron in Taoyuan under the Army Aviation Special Forces Command, after he was found to have given a local TV personality and other civilians access to Taiwan’s most advanced helicopter, the AH-64E Apache, in March.     [FULL  STORY]

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