Ecuador confirms purchase of two Russian helicopters

    QUITO. October 28. KAZINFORM Ecuador confirmed on Tuesday it had bought two transport helicopters from Russia, an investment of 22 million U.S. dollars, Ecuadorian Defense Minister Javier Ponce said; Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

The purchase was negotiated and finished a year ago, and the purchase deal would be sealed during Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's visit to Russia starting Wednesday, the minister reported.

    "There is also an opportunity to reach an important support at aerial and ground transport fields, with trucks, buses and other vehicles of military transportation," Ponce added.

    Ecuador also expects to expand its number of non-pilot planes. "The idea is to buy six (non-pilot planes), not tactics, but strategic ones," he explained.

    According to the defense minister, one of the aims of Correa's visit to Russia was to seek support from Russia to strengthen its armed forces; Kazinform cites Xinhua.

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