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US seeks parts for Uruguay helos supporting UN mission in DRC

12 December 2018
One of two Uruguayan Bell 212 helicopters deployed to the DRC in support of the UN MONUSCO mission. Source: Uruguayan Air Force

The US is seeking helicopter parts to sustain Uruguay's contribution to the United Nation's (UN) mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The US Army said on 11 December that it is seeking parts to maintain a pair of Bell 212 utility helicopters that the Uruguayan Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya: FAU) flies out of Kavumu Airport, Bukavu. These helicopters are part of the Uruguayan Aviation Unit (URUAVU) deployed to support the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). These helicopters, procured in 1981, have been in the DRC since 2010 (a third helicopter arrived in 2012, but later in 2015 the force was downsized back to two).

The 410th Contracting Support Brigade (CSB), Regional Contracting Center (RCC) located at Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston in Texas is looking for the parts to be delivered to Canelones in Uruguay within 45 days of a contract award. A formal solicitation will be released "on or about" 14 December, the army said, with an anticipated quote due date of 2 January 2019.

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