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Taiwanese Hueys replaced with only half the promised strength

1st November 2019 - 10:31 GMT | by Charles Au in Taipei

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The Republic of China Army (ROCA) retired it last batch of UH-1H helicopters on 30 October. The occasion marked the end of nearly 50 years of Huey service, as well as the transition to a more powerful, multipurpose helicopter fleet. Indeed, UH-60M Black Hawks of the army’s Air Cavalry Brigade reached full operational capability (FOC) on the same day.

Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Center (AIDC) licence built 118 UH-1Hs in the early 1970s. They were a workhorse in the ROCA during the high tide of tensions between China and Taiwan.

However, the type’s disadvantages were exposed during Typhoon Morakot disaster

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