The US government announced on 26 April that it will donate four Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters to the Costa Rican government for use by the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública’s Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea (SVA); the air arm of the country. They will mainly be used in the war against drug trafficking, and the US government will pay for training and maintenance until the helicopters are fully operational in Costa Rica.
The donation of the four Hueys to the SVA will considerably boost the capacities of the force, which only has one McDonnell Douglas MD500E and two MD Helicopters MD600Ns as its helicopter force.
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