Four AgustaWestland helicopters, purchased under the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, will now perform aerial security tasks along the 1,554-kilometer route of the Mayo train under the supervision of the Mexican Air Force.
Luis Crescencio Sandoval, Secretary of National Defense, explained that these aircraft will support approximately 5,000 National Guard soldiers who will be in charge of monitoring this priority task for a period of six years.
“These are helicopters that were for sale, smaller helicopters that were for transfer of officers, they will be used to enhance the security of the entire Maya train route. These helicopters will be at air bases, some built, others in progress, in Palenque, Chetumal, Tulum and Mérida,” explained the general.
It is a package of six AgustaWestland brand aircraft, model AW109 SP, acquired 10 years ago by the Secretary of National Defense (Cedena) as part of a program to be used by the President of the Republic, his cabinet Will upgrade the fleet of helicopters. Other high-level officials with a useful life of 25 years.
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For this program, the Ministry of Finance and Public Debt distributed 931 million pesos for the purchase of helicopters that will be under the tutelage of the former Presidential General Staff. The contract was signed on May 9, 2013, reports Cedena. Forbes Mexico.
However, in April 2019, already with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios (Banobras) began the process of disposing of 72 aircraft belonging to various federal government agencies that could be put up for sale. .
The four Augusta Westland helicopters were selected for sale by Banobras since their purchase and were subsequently used for executive transport of public servants.
The Institute to Return the Stolen to the People (INDIP) attempted to sell these aircraft at four sealed auctions and hammer auctions, however, on neither occasion did they receive an offer from a buyer, leading them to void the offer several times. declared. opportunity.
Because of their recent models, the initial auction price for these helicopters ranged from 49 million pesos to 50 million pesos. For these equipment, the federal government was expected to receive approximately 200 million pesos.
The last time INDEP conducted a sealed auction and tried to sell these helicopters was on December 3, 2021. On that occasion, the institute managed to raise 663.9 million pesos for the sale of three aircraft, including a presidential aircraft. for 35 million pesos.
AgustaWestland brand helicopter, model AW109SP, registration numbers 1903, 1904, 1905 and 1906, with a capacity of 5 passengers, 2 Pratt & Whitney PW207C engines, year of manufacture 2013.