Saturday, May 30, 2009
New Raft of Weapons Acquisitions Set
After months of relative quiet, Chile is opening up its wallet again for military hardware. Funds were authorized to start construction of two more offshore patrol vessels and for five more EADS CASA C-295 maritime reconnoisance airplanes. The army is buying more armor, including additional M-109 self-propelled howitzers, according to Periodismo en Linea. The air force is getting the first three of nine 3D radars for air-traffic control. Those are to be integrated with an air-defense missile system, the first elements of which are also being purchased. The acquisitions total $450 million, Periodismo en Linea said, and include a pending deal for 18 more F-16 fighters from the Netherlands.