Taiwan formally handed over two Bell UH-1H helicopters to the Umbutfo Eswatini Defence Force (UEDF) Air Wing on 21 February, the Taiwanese embassy in Eswatini announced. A local source told Jane’s the aircraft were in the country and flying earlier in the month.
The Eswatini media reported that five UEDF Air Wing pilots and five ground technicians were trained by Taiwan to operate the new helicopters.
King Mswati III, Eswatini’s current ruler, was reported as saying the aircraft would provide a useful disaster-relief capability that could be used to help neighbouring countries. He also said they would support the Royal Eswatini Police Service with air mobility and medical evacuation.
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