The Chilean government has authorised its military to explore procurement of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft to boost overall capacity as well as to operate in Antarctica, sources in Santiago told Jane's .
The assessments are to inform requirements and potential solutions, and help the government set a programme cost baseline, the sources said. They are to be complete in the next few months.
Chile’s aircraft for Antarctic roles include a handful of DHC-6 Twin Otter turbo-prop transports acquired in the 1970s, and Bell 412 helicopters acquired in the past decade. The aircraft are part of the Air Force 4th Air Brigade headquartered in Punta Arenas in the Magellan Strait.
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