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Ecuador seeks helicopter refurbishment

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Ecuador has asked the United States for the refurbishment of two SH-2G helicopters, together with associated equipment and parts.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, in notification to Congress of the possible Foreign Military Sale, said the deal would be worth $60 million.

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"The government of Ecuador has requested a possible sale for the refurbishment of two SH-2G Helicopters being provided as grant Excess Defense Articles to be modified for operational use," it said.

"The two EDA aircraft will also be modified to include the following: HELRAS Helicopter Dipping SONAR, AAQ-22 Forward Looking Infrared Radar, AN/APS-143C (V) 3 RADAR, ARC-210 UHF Radio, APX-72 Transponder, AN/ARN-147 VOR/ILS, AN/ARN-149 Receiver, HF-9000 HF Radio, ASN-150 Tactical Navigation Set, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment … ."

The proposed sale will improve Ecuador's capability to meet anti-ship threats, it said.

"They will improve Ecuador's ability to participate in the Maritime Multinational Operations with the U.S. Navy, will enhance Ecuador's control of its territorial sea and exclusive economic zone, and will increase the Ecuadorian Navy's SAR capabilities, further reducing Ecuador's dependency on the United States in case of emergencies."

The prime contractor will be Kaman Corp. of Bloomfield, Conn.

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