By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Republic of China Navy (ROCN) plans to purchase 10 MH-60R helicopters from the
United States to replace its ageing fleet of 500MDs, Navy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Hsiao Wei-min said during a question-and-answer session at the legislature on Thursday.
The proposed bill riled opposition from legislators at the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee meeting in the morning, as they questioned the necessity of such procurement.
Hsiao pointed out that its current fleet of anti-submarine 500MD Defenders are severely outdated and has been in service since the 80s.
“In order to upgrade the Navy’s Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates anti-submarine capabilities, the 500MDs have to be phased out eventually to make way for a new replacement,” he explained. [FULL STORY]