By: Claudia Liu and Elaine Hou
Taipei, Aug. 22 (CNA) Taiwan’s Army on Saturday denied local media reports that Israel
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]