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Army denies problems with Apache helicopter's radar

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Army yesterday denied a report that the "fire control radar" on the AH-64E Apache attack helicopters purchased from the United States is unable to identify targets at sea.

Asked about the May 3 report by lawmakers on Monday, Lt. Gen. Hao Yii-jy, chief of staff of the Army, said the Apache helicopters are primarily suited for battlefields on land, but their radar is able to identify targets at sea.

Hao acknowledged that the radar's accuracy at sea can be affected by weather conditions, a problem, he said, that every country faces.

Citing unnamed military sources, the United Daily News reported that Taiwan had asked that the AN/APG-78 Longbow fire control radar installed on the Apaches be able to identify targets at sea, but the U.S. said it was unable to meet the requirement until after 2016, when such technology is developed.

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