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6 more Apache choppers received, set to be moved

TAIPEI -- Six more AH-64E Apache attack helicopters purchased from the United States were being prepped Wednesday to fly to a base in Tainan after arriving in neighboring Kaohsiung the previous evening, a military source said.

The six choppers will fly from southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung Harbor to an Army Aviation Special Forces base in Tainan over the next three days after unloading, assembly and standard checks are finished, the source said.

The six helicopters are the third shipment in a 30-helicopter package costing Taiwan more than US$2 billion. They were scheduled to arrive Monday but were delayed by bad marine weather, the source said.

Receiving the advanced helicopters has not gone entirely without snags. Taiwan was notified by the U.S. in mid-December of a main transmission failure on an Apache AH-64E in service in the U.S., forcing Taiwan to ground the first six helicopters it received in November.

The second shipment was also been grounded immediately after arriving in early January.

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