The Uruguay Navy recently opened an international tender to acquire a second-hand Bell 206 Jet Ranger or its military variant, the OH-58 Kiowa.
The navy is looking for a helicopter with at least 500 remaining flying hours on its principal components including the engine, transmission gear, main rotor, and structural and hydraulic components.
The aircraft will need basic communications and navigation equipment, but bids that include IFR certification and VOR/DME, ILS, and RNAV equipment will receive more points towards the bidding qualification. This aircraft will provide crew training and cover basic search-and-rescue as well as patrol missions in conjunction with the two Agusta Bell 412 helicopters that are due to arrive in 2019.
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