Flying a helicopter
Helicopter stories
Accidents
Acronyms
Jobs new
Airliners
Airshows
Future helicopters
For Sale
Contact


Database

47189 serials
20048 photos
4006 heliports



facebook     twitter     google     linkedin


Sponsors

Viewpoint

Saxon


Promote Your Services Here




facebook     twitter     google     linkedin

Sponsored by
Viewpoint Saxon

Promote Here



Latest News

JBI Helicopters in the Farming of Cranberry Bogs

Aeromedical Tilt Rotor Seminar in Australia

Falcon Aviation Orders Three More H160

ASU Delivered NVG Capable AS350 to HNZ Topflight

EDIC’ Horizon International Flight Academy

400,000 Flight Hours for V-22 Osprey Fleet

Sikorsky S-92 Certified by Mexico DGAC

AAR to Enhance Support for the UAE Armed Forces


News

U.S. delivers anti-drug helicopters


Colombia National Police recived 6 UH-1H Huey helicopters to use in the war against drugs.


U.S. delivers anti-drug helicopters


Helis, September 01, 1999 - BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia's anti-narcotics police on Wednesday received six high-flying helicopter gunships from the United States to use in the war against illegal narcotics.

The refurbished Vietnam-era UH-1H helicopters will enable Colombian police to provide better protection for the crop-duster planes that spray illegal opium crops planted high on Andean mountainsides. Leftist rebels who protect the drug trade frequently fire on the planes.

Washington is the principal financier of Colombia's program to destroy the crops used to make cocaine and heroin. Armed helicopters like the ones donated Wednesday provide security for crop dusting planes that kill coca and poppy plants with deadly herbicides. Two U.S. congressmen, Cass Ballenger, R-N.C., and William Delahunt, D-Mass., were on hand to deliver the helicopters.

Republican lawmakers have criticized the Clinton administration as being slow to deliver to Colombia the ``Super Hueys'', rebuilt at a cost of $1.4 million each to be able to operate at higher altitudes, and more sophisticated Blackhawk helicopters Congress has already approved.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy said four Hueys were being remodeled for Colombia's needs and three Blackhawks would arrive in November.

Despite record spraying, the acreage devoted to coca has doubled in Colombia since 1996. Environmentalists complain that aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate is pushing peasant farmers who grow the crop further into the delicate Amazon River basin.

White house drug czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey has proposed a $1 billion increase in U.S. anti-narcotics aid to the Andes, including more advanced helicopters for Colombia - the source of 80 percent of the cocaine sold on U.S. streets and a rising share of the heroin.


This article is listed in :
Bell 205 in COPolicia Nacional de Colombia



Sponsors

Viewpoint

Saxon


Promote Your Services Here




facebook     twitter     google     linkedin

Sponsored by
Viewpoint Saxon

Promote Here