Monday, November 11, 2013

New Details on U.S. Cooperation, Attack Helicopter Plans

The U.S. has taken advantage of its military cooperation with Chile to help train for the war in Afghanistan. Texas National Guard units have trained in Chile's mountainous desert, which bears a resemblance to the Afghan landscape. "The area (northern Chile) is very cold and mountainous much like Afghanistan," Lt. Col. Ricardo Santander of the Chilean Army, said in a U.S Army website. "It provides excellent training opportunities for Chilean and U.S. forces." Personnel from the Texas Air National Guard and Chile's armed forces have trained together several times. The U.S. also has a joint training facility for peacekeeping forces in Chile. More interesting was Santander's comment on helicopter acquisition plans: "One of my goals is to find the Chilean army some new helicopters," Santander said. "We have many transport helicopters, but are looking to add attack helicopters." That's the first time a high-ranking Chilean military official confirms plans to purchase attack helicopters, an acquisition that has been rumored for a while. The Chilean Army's recent decision to sell its two Super Puma helicopters, three C-212 light transport planes and a Citation III executive jet could be setting the stage for the purchase of aviation assets.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Because Chile has not selected yet an attack helicopter, I believe it was premature to sell the Dragonfly A-37 planes to El Salvador. Those obsolete
planes should have remained in Chile until the new attack helicopters have been selected, purchased, and delivered- not before. At present, the new armored brigades have inadequate air protection.
Likewise, FACH must keep cluster bombs- just like the US Air Force!

Anonymous said...

If it is to keep the cluster bombs, then screw the treaty that Chile signed to get rid of them. With neighbours like the ones we have, who needs to worry. And about attack helicopters, I do wonder which one will be chosen?. And finally, the dragonflies sold to El Salvador were only 10 and some sources said that the Air Force had 44 or so planes. Maybe they could be reintroduced back into service.