US Helicopter Order, Why Mexico Is Canceling Ahead of Delivery

US Helicopter Order, Why Mexico Is Canceling Ahead of Delivery

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U.S. Helicopter Order, Why Mexico Is Canceling Ahead of Delivery

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador hasn’t officially taken office yet, but he’s already trimming the nation’s budget by canceling an helicopter Order for eight U.S. military helicopters, which would have cost the country roughly $1.36 billion.

The original order for the eight Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters from Lockheed Martin was approved by the U.S. State Department in April, according to Reuters, and was supposed to help the Mexican military fight organized crime and drug cartels. But the incoming president has other ideas.

Lopez Cancels U.S. Helicopter Expenditure

Lopez Obrador, who is scheduled to take office Dec. 1, announced this week he was canceling the U.s. helicopter order to help trim the national budget. Lopez Obrador won the recent Mexican Presidential election in a landslide, promising to end government corruption and curb spending. He recently made headlines by announcing he would slash his presidential salary by 60 percent (to an estimated 108,000 pesos a month, or roughly $5,700 at the current exchange rate), further vowing that his government salary will be the highest in the country for the duration of his six-year-term.

His other proposed reforms include offering amnesty, under certain conditions, to some criminal drug lords, which the eight U.S. helicopters were supposed to help curtail.

Mexico originally placed the order for the versatile Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to help in the fight against drug traffickers bringing contraband from South America via maritime routes. With a variety of capabilities, the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk is regarded as a powerful tool in any marine setting from war to supply deliveries to search and rescue.

Helicopter Capabilities

The Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk is known as a multi-mission helicopter for good reason. The U.S. Navy has been using them for years, having formed the first squadron of Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk in 2007 in San Diego.

The Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk can be equipped with a wide range of weapons including machine guns, anti-surface missiles and torpedoes, making it an effective anti-submarine tool. The helicopters are further equipped with cutting-edge technology such as early missle and laser warning systems, infrared jammers and a variety of decoys to help it evade attack.

According to Air Force Technology reports, Mexico was looking to join a bevy of foreign nations who have purchased the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, including the Royal Australian Navy, Denmark, the Republic of Korea and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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