The first of 20 surplus Bell AB-206 observation and light utility helicopters purchased from Italy began being assembled in Argentina in early November.
Nine of the helicopters that have been procured to equip the Argentine Army (Ejército Argentino: EA) and Border Police (Gendarmería Nacional: GN) arrived at the Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA (FAdeA) factory for re-assembly on 3 November.
Of the 20 helicopters, 15 will be operated by the EA with five going to the GN. One of the 20 helicopters did not require overhaul by FAdeA, and has been assembled by the army.
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