Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) Test flights of six new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters drew spectators to Kaohsiung Saturday, one day after Taiwan took delivery of the aircraft from the United States. The latest is the fourth of five shipments in a NT$59.31 billion (US$2.01 billion) order for 30 of the newest Apache model, according to the Defense Ministry. The shipment came after a new Apache crashed into the top of a three-story residential building in Taoyuan County in April, damaging four homes but causing no serious injuries. On July 15, the Army said that environmental conditions and human error were found to be the main causes of the crash. Apache training operations had returned to normal before the investigation report was completed, it added. One last shipment of helicopers is due in October.
The model E is the latest in the Apache attack helicopter series. The U.S. and Taiwan are the only two countries using it so far. (By Wang Shwu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin)