By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The first batch of three UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters used for Search
and Rescue missions were delivered to Taiwan at the port of Kaohsiung, according to Ministry of the Interior (MOI) on Thursday.
The helicopters will be assembled and put through ground and air testing before being commissioned to Taichung’s Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in March next year, the ministry said.
The military has already taken three deliveries of UH-60M Black Hawks for the nation’s Army since December last year. Among the 60 helicopters ordered from the United States, 15 will be consigned to search and rescue operations during disaster relief, it said.
The Taiwanese variant of the UH-60Ms feature night vision capability, including FLIR (Forward looking infrared) cameras to facilitate operations for missing persons in Taiwan’s mountainous regions. [FULL STORY]