Friday, March 13, 2009
What the...? Bolivia Buying Planes from Chile
Bolivia's defense minister confirmed the country will acquire trainer aircraft from Chile. With the deal, Bolivia is extending an olive branch to Chile, which captured Bolivia's coastal territory in the War of the Pacific (1879-83). The acquisition grew out of an accord by the two nations to improve their relations. Meanwhile, Bolivia is joining regional talks to strengthen military ties among South American forces. Reports didn't mention the type of aircraft being bought, but said it will be from Enaer. The company's only trainer is the Pillan, a light plane that has been exported to several Latin American countries and Spain.