Aircraft and other military equipment worth $112 million (£70 million) are to be transferred to Latin American and Caribbean nations for anti-drug operations under plans announced by the US Government.

US Congress has been notified of proposals to transfer surplus Bell UH-1H helicopters and Fairchild C-26 observation aircraft in two tranches.

The first batch, worth $75 million, will include UH-1Hs and two C-26s for the Colombian National Police, UH-1Hs and three C-26s for the Colombian military, two C-26s for Venezuela, four C-26s for Peru, and two C-26s for the Eastern Caribbean states within the Regional Security System (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines).

The second batch, worth $37 million, will include 53 UH-1Hs and four C-26s for Mexico. All the equipment included is to be transferred by the end of October.

The US Government has notified Congress of plans to sell 12 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks, worth $107 million, to Colombia for anti-drug operations, with deliveries beginning in October.

Source: Flight International