Air Platforms

Bolivian Air Force to upgrade UH-1H helicopters

22 March 2019

A Bolivian Air Force ‘Huey’ helicopter. The service is to upgrade 11 of its 15 helicopters to the Huey II standard. Source: Jonathan R Olguin

The Bolivian government has authorised a budgetary increase of BOB47.7 million (USD6.8 million) to upgrade the air force’s Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters for counter-narcotics operations.

The funding, which was approved on 19 March, is in addition to an initial BOB82.7 million that was granted in late 2018. Under the upgrade, 11 of the air force’s 15 helicopters are to be modernised to the Huey II standard that includes a more powerful engine, new dynamic parts (such as rotors, transmissions, and gearboxes), new wiring, and an optional ‘glass’ cockpit.

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