Storm delays arrival of P-3C anti-sub aircraft
CNATAIPEI--A tropical storm in the Pacific Ocean has delayed the arrival of the first of 12 submarine-hunting aircraft the United States is to deliver to Taiwan, the military said yesterday.
September 24, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
The first P-3C anti-submarine aircraft was expected to arrive in Taiwan on Monday or Tuesday, but the formation of Tropical Storm Pabuk in the West Pacific Ocean has caused a delay in the schedule, the military said.
The aircraft is now expected to arrive in Taiwan by the end of this week, the military said.
The P-3C, said to be the most capable of Lockheed's P-3 submarine-detecting aircraft, is being flown to Taiwan from Hawaii or Guam, the military said late last week.
The U.S. government approved the sale of the 12 P-3Cs with T-56 turboprop engines and related equipment and services in 2007 and estimated the price at US$1.96 billion.
The last of the P-3Cs is scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2015, the military said.