The Ecuadorian Ministry of National Defense (MND) outlined its strategy to strengthen the country’s armed forces on 2 August, with its goals including the acquisition of new platforms and the repair and modernisation of existing ones.
The objective for the army is to acquire light multipurpose helicopters and riverine vessels to patrol Ecuador’s jungle territory, while the navy’s two submarines, Shyri (SS 101) and Huancavilca (SS 102), as well as corvettes Manabí (CM 12) and Loja (CM 16), will be upgraded. The air force, meanwhile, plans to acquire six helicopters for search-and-rescue operations and will also repair and modernise its Atlas Cheetah fighters and Airbus C295 transport aircraft.
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