For the Taiwan Air Force purchased 17 from military helicopters in Europe (Figure)
EC-225 helicopter is the world’s most advanced models of civilian helicopters First, with all-weather flight capability, equipped with emergency locator transmitter device can be connected directly with the satellite, equipped with the world’s most advanced autopilot and instrument displays, the latest aerodynamic design with low noise, more stable flight characteristics .
Oriental Morning Post correspondent Wu Ting
U.S. arms sales to ignite around the smoke has not yet cleared, one of Europe will sell Taiwan military helicopter followed the news.
Taiwan Air Force announced yesterday, will work with a European helicopter manufacturer signed a value of 1.1 million contract to buy 3 stand for the rescue helicopter. It is reported that Taiwan plans to buy after this 17 military helicopters.
Once the transaction is reached, it will be close to 17 years in Taiwan for the first time the introduction of European military equipment. Taiwan’s arms purchases from France twice before the move has triggered strong reactions from Mainland China.
At present, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi is in southern Germany for the first time high-level delegation led by the Munich Conference on Security Policy. He 4 Day speech, said China and the EU share broad common interests. The two sides should continue to adhere to equal treatment, mutual respect, further development of China-EU relations continued to inject new momentum.
end of next year delivery 3 aircraft rescue machine
According to a number of foreign media reported yesterday that Taiwan’s military confirmed that the Air Force recently and within Eurocopter (Eurocopter) signed a contract to buy 3 frame EC225 long-range transport helicopters, is expected to be delivered at the end of next year. Taiwan “ Department of Defense “ a source also revealed early last year 12 month, this contract will fall into the hands of Eurocopter, the agreement will be signed within the next few days is expected to , which also includes the re-purchase 17 military helicopters intention.
It is reported that the intention of arms sales to Taiwan reached Eurocopter is located in Germany EADS (EADS) subsidiary, EADS is the world’s three major airline groups, but also its Airbus subsidiary.
The helicopter contract is near Taiwan 17 years for the first time the introduction of European military equipment. France were in the 1991 year and 1992 years to Taiwan sold 6 ship ” Lafayette “ class frigate (28 one hundred million U.S. dollars ) and 60 Mirage 2000 aircraft (38 $ one hundred million ) , was angered China, the French Consulate in Guangzhou was then closed, a number of French companies lucrative contracts also suffered.
for the Air Force rescue team
However, Taiwan ” Department of Defense “ yesterday claimed that the order is not a military order, EC-225 also a civilian helicopter model. Sources also said the helicopters will be used for the Taiwan Air Force Seagull rescue team. “ newly acquired all-weather helicopter … … can be very large improvement in the sea air, land, mountains, and day and night rescue mission capacity. “ Taiwan’s air force said in a statement.
“ They can fly very far, now we have the equipment, have failed. “ A military source said, he said the deal ” basically settled “ .
Renmin University of China International Relations Jin that: “ if only for civilian purposes, no problem, but if are ‘ Department of Defense ‘ , I think there may be the problem. “ It is reported that Taiwan had to buy before the non-military helicopters, after the assembly on the type of equipment for military precedent.
hot to lift the European arms sales to China
foreign media speculation, the Taiwan’s arms purchases from Europe may further provoke the mainland of China-EU relations back on track just may also be affected.
National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, an Asian security experts believe that China’s reaction may depend on the true nature of the order. “ In addition, the current time when European leaders urged the international embargo on arms exports to China. “ the first disclosure of the matter of United States,” Defense News “weekly reported.
in Shanghai visiting Hungarian Foreign Minister Balazs · Peter yesterday at the China Europe International Business School published in “ China-EU relations ” theme of the speech. He talked about lifting the ban on arms sales to China when he said that the EU member states still need to discuss the matter. “ to see whether the conditions to meet, at what time to meet the conditions. “ But he did not specify the timetable.
In fact, the dominant attitude in Washington is different from Europe in Taiwan on military issues has been playing a low-key role. In recent years, taking into account the considerable commercial sales and political sensitivity, although the close trade links with Taiwan, but Europe has gradually stopped selling arms to Taiwan.
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