Mar 25, 2015

Belize likely to receive ex-US Marines UH-1N Helicopters Through FMS programme

The United States government has issued a request for information (RfI) to provide Belize with a helicopter type under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.
The helicopters are to be delivered between 2015 and 2016.
The helicopter should be capable of operating in day and night conditions and in all weather. It will have a minimum payload capacity of 2,000 lb (907 kg), with 2,500 lb (1,133 kg) being the objective capacity. At sea level standard conditions, in the full troop configuration described, the helicopter should have a maximum cruise speed of at least 120 kt (222 km/h), and minimum combat radius of 250 n miles (463 km).
The most likely platform to fulfil this requirement appears to be the Bell UH-1 'Huey'.
The US Marine Corps retired the last of its UH-1N helicopters from service in late 2014.
Belize does not currently operate a helicopter type, although the BDF Air Wing does have a handful of propeller-driven fixed-wing types, which it uses for light transport, liaison, and surveillance duties.

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