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Taiwan eyes acquisition of anti-submarine warfare helicopters

Taiwan wants to purchase 10 MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopters from the United States for its Navy.

By Richard Tomkins
A U.S. Navy MH-60R Seahawk fires a missile. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark A. Leonesio
A U.S. Navy MH-60R Seahawk fires a missile. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark A. Leonesio

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Taiwan is seeking to procure Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine helicopters from the United States, the Taiwanese Navy's Chief of Staff said.

Vice Adm. Hsiao Wei-ming made the disclosure Thursday while appearing before the legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.

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"We plan to purchase 10 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters," the China News Agency quoted the admiral.

The MH-60R is the U.S. Navy's prime anti-submarine helicopter. It is equipped with dipping sonar, torpedoes and machine guns. It has a speed of 168 miles per hour and range of 450 nautical miles.

The news agency said the MH-60Rs would replace the country's MD 500 helicopters.

The report did not indicate whether or not Taiwan has officially asked the United States for the sale of the aircraft.

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