U.S. "Donates" 10 Aircraft to Colombia
US donates 10 aircraft to Colombia
BOGOTA, April 22 (Xinhuanet) -- The United
States has donated to Colombia four airplanes
and six helicopters to support the South American
country's efforts to "fight drug trafficking and
terrorism",the Colombian Defense Ministry said
The aircraft, valued at 52 million US dollars,
are part of the US contribution to Plan
Colombia, which Washington has funded
with 3.3 billion dollars since 2000 when the
program was launched.
The donation includes two Black Hawk and four
UH1N helicopters, plus two King Air light airplanes,
and two C-47 planes with medical and intelligence
equipment, said Deputy Defense Minister Jorge
Mario Eastman Robledo. They will be used to
evacuate injured people and guard combat zones.
"We think the planes and helicopters will be arriving
in the country early next year," he said.
Colombia is one of the principal receivers of
assistance from the United States.