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U.S. helicopter sale to Taiwan to be finalized in May

2010/04/13 11:26:27

Washington, April 12 (CNA) The U.S. sale of 30 AH-64D ApacheLongbow attack helicopters to Taiwan is expected to be finalized inMay, a weekly said here Monday.

The Defense News reported in a story from Taipei thatrepresentatives of the U.S. government and the helicopters' U.S.manufacturer, Boeing Co., will arrive in Taipei in May to wrap up thedeal.

The weekly said that although there had been speculation thatBeijing might force Boeing to cancel or delay the sale, the deal,announced by the U.S. in 2008, is expected to remain in place.

It quoted Rupert Hammond-Chambers, president of the U.S.-TaiwanBusiness Council, as saying that the Apaches, to be equipped withStinger Block I air-to-air missiles and AGM-114L Longbow Hellfireair-to-surface missiles, will begin to arrive in Taiwan between theend of 2012 and the beginning of 2013.

The helicopters were originally offered by the United States toTaiwan in 2002, but the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency didnot formally notify Congress of the sale until October 2008.

(By Zep Hu and Maubo Chang)