The National Navy of Uruguay has received financial authorisation to acquire two second-hand Bell 412 search-and-rescue helicopters from Italy, a source told Jane’s . The aircraft were used by the Italian Coast Guard (Guardia Costiera Italiana) and are being replaced by Leonardo AW139s.
Uruguay would buy the two helicopters with navy funds over several years, under a payment plan offered by Italy, the source said. The two countries have defence agreements that cover this type of purchase, and the contract terms being considered so far appear beneficial for Uruguay.
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