The Peruvian air force is to acquire a fleet of eight new transport and gunship helicopters under a deal worth almost $108 million.

Announced by defence minister Rafael Rey on 27 July, the acquisition will lead to the delivery of six Mil Mi-171SP transports and two Mi-35P gunships.

The two armed aircraft are due to be delivered later this year, with all of the Mi-171SPs also to be in place by July 2011.

Peru's new rotorcraft will be used to boost the air force's counter-narcotics efforts in its Apurimac river valley. The service already has an active fleet of 14 Mi-17s and 16 armed Mi-25s, as listed in Flightglobal's HeliCAS database.

Source: Flight International