Saturday, November 5, 2011
Single-Engine Planes Added to Border Security
Chile has acquired three small airplanes as part of its effort to curb drug trafficking in the northern border region. The Cirrus SR-22 planes, which cost $500,000 each, will be equipped with optical equipment for day and night surveillance. The acquisition is part of Plan Frontera Norte (Plan Northern Border), which bolsters defenses against drug trafficking from Peru and Bolivia with a combined air-sea-land campaign. The government has budgeted $70 million through 2014 for Plan Frontera Norte. Other elements of the plan include a ground radar, a mobile thermal-imaging system, fast-reaction vehicles and other sensors.