So when is a military helicopter not a military helicopter?

Eurocopter EC225.jpgWhen China (and Eurocopter) says so, it seems.

Taiwan’s air force has bought three EC225s for search and rescue missions. Eurocopter says that it is for civil use, and emphasises that this is not a military variant. Yet, doesn’t the fact that this was bought by the air force rather than a civilian agency make it a military sale?

There doesn’t seem to be much of a buzz about this. That is a surprise, especially after the fuss that China kicked up last week over the USA’s approval of a slew of military sales to Taiwan. Civil helicopters or not, this is a military sale no matter how anyone tries to couch it.

Has China finally realised that it is not worth kicking up a fuss? Did it exhaust all of its energy last week? Maybe Eurocopter’s protests that this is really a civil deal are being heard by the right people in Beijing? Or maybe, it is because this is not the USA that is selling stuff to the Taiwanese military?

Hmmmm…I wonder what the reason is.

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2 Responses to So when is a military helicopter not a military helicopter?

  1. Uwe 10 February, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    No chance the Chinese are bright and able
    enough to see the difference between
    someone ( the US ) trying to raise tensions
    and the prudent aquisition of rescue gear?

    And my guess is they have a similar shopping
    list ;-)

  2. Siva Govindasamy 11 February, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Exactly Uwe! I reckon you hit the nail on the head…

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