Monday, March 2, 2020

Mexican Army and Navy prefer American-engineered aircraft

"MX" for Borderland Beat



In 12 years, the Army and Navy acquired 244 airplanes and helicopters, of which more than half were American-made. Only two were Russia-made.

Between 2012 and 2018, the Army bought 147 aircraft and the Navy bought 97.

In these years, the Mexican government prioritized the acquisition of aircraft manufactured in the U.S. and various European countries. However, Russian-made aircraft were not a priority. From 2016 to date, the Mexican government only purchased two Mi-17V-5 helicopters.

That is less than 1 percent of all purchases. During the six-year period of Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto, U.S. companies supplied 127 aircraft to the Mexican Air Force, especially the Beechcraft firm, which sold 91 units.

The majority of these acquisitions (77) were T-6C + turboprop model airplanes, capable of developing multiple roles ranging from training and light attack functions.

According to the manufacturer, this model is used by the armies of Germany, Canada, Iraq and Argentina.

The other 14 devices purchased from Beechcraft were King Air 350i models. This model is used to transport military personnel and has a capacity of 11 crew members. The company defines this model as “the most famous turboprop commercial aircraft in the world”.

Aircraft and helicopter sales were distributed as follows among the other US companies: Bell, 15; Sikorsky, 10; Gulfstream, 5; and Cesna, 1.

Europe also selling to Mexico

The other half of the 244 aircraft acquired came from European firms. Airbus Group, Mexican government’s European supplier, produces security aircraft through its Airbus Defense and Space division and negotiated 48 devices throughout the past two presidential administrations.

The purchase included various helicopter models, including 13 Cougar, 13 Panther and an EC-22. With regard to airplanes, 19 CN-235 and 295 House model airplanes were bought by the Mexican government, as well as the CN-235-300 Persuader, among others.

Airbus Group, a company with French, German and Spanish capital, is headquartered in Toulouse, France. In recent weeks it was accused of corruption in different countries. They had to pay 3.5 million euros to the US, France and the United Kingdom as legal settlement. 

Other companies with presence in Mexican purchases were the German-based firm Grob Aircraft. They sold 25 aircraft of model 6-120TP to Mexico. The Crezh-based firm Zlin Aircraft sold twenty-two units of the Zlin Z-143.

A few weeks ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that 50 military helicopters were in negotiations with Mexico for sale; however, there is only record of the acquisition of two Kazan ships models Mi-17V-5 between 2006 and 2018.

Following the announcement, the U.S. Dept. of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Hugo Rodríguez, said that according to an initial investigation, "such a sale would cause potential sanctions". The next day, the Mexican Foreign Ministry chief Marcelo Ebrard reported that the Mexican government would not be purchasing any Russian military machinery.

In recent years, Russian-manufactured helicopters have not provided the best security conditions for Mexican military and security troops as three accidents occurred between September 2017 and November 2018 with their equipment.

Source: Milenio

30 comments:

  1. Doesn't NAFTA make the US product a better buy?

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    1. NAFTA is dead. Now its called USMCA under trump's new trade agreement. And yes, I would think so.

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  2. A"few weeks ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that 50 military helicopters were in negotiations with Mexico for sale; however, there is only record of the acquisition of two Kazan ships models Mi-17V-5 between 2006 and 2018.

    Following the announcement, the U.S. Dept. of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Hugo Rodríguez, said that according to an initial investigation, "such a sale would cause potential sanctions". The next day, the Mexican Foreign Ministry chief Marcelo Ebrard reported that the Mexican government would not be purchasing any Russian military machinery."

    Sure sounds like mafia tactics to me.

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  3. A"few weeks ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that 50 military helicopters were in negotiations with Mexico for sale; however, there is only record of the acquisition of two Kazan ships models Mi-17V-5 between 2006 and 2018.

    Following the announcement, the U.S. Dept. of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Hugo Rodríguez, said that according to an initial investigation, "such a sale would cause potential sanctions". The next day, the Mexican Foreign Ministry chief Marcelo Ebrard reported that the Mexican government would not be purchasing any Russian military machinery."

    Sure sounds like mafia tactics to me.

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  4. Great choice Mexico! Buying from Russia does nothing but piss america off and its allies.

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    1. Russian made goods are as cheap as Chinese made goods.

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  5. Why wouldn't they, anything engineered in the usa is a work of art that no other country can compete with...

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    1. Of course... Thats why the majority prefers german cars and german weapons... US-American products are 2nd choice.

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  6. Yea, the F-22 Raptor sucks. And so does the F-35. F-16 is good. But to say that the US makes the best aircraft is a little to much.

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    1. Lol then who else makes better than U.S lol, I am waiting Mr. Smarty pants

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    2. The only ones that say the F22 or F35 suck are the Russians, Chinese, and libs who are against spending on military. The US has far superior weapons and aircraft. If we didn't aforementioned countries would have tried to take us on directly. Chinese, Iranian, and Russian aircraft are nowhere close. That's why the F16, and F15 are still the superior non stealth fighters in the world, at 40 and 50 yrs old. Don't believe liberal propaganda.

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    3. The military industrial complex is bullshit. If the F15 and F16 are superior then why the need to spend so much on the F22 and F35's? Waste of money, correct? Its not liberal propaganda my friend. Its simple logic applied to simple math that should have you questioning if the military should be spending as much as they do. Its a fact that the mark up of products is ridiculous when the military spends their budget. Lay off faux news bro.

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    4. 7:22 is spot on. 50 years old planes and still relevant

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  7. Wander why they don't prefer Mexican engineered/built aircraft...

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    1. Because Mexico cannot afford to build it's own aircraft. It does so on a limited scale however in order for the country to produce some profit over these it would have to export some of these and that would be a violation of agreements made with other countries and more specifically the U.S. that dictates who and what countries Mexico can negotiate such sales to.

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    2. @10:06 BINGO

      8:59 REALLY cant afford to
      When they find one lil Chinese guy with a billion bucks CASH
      OR because the Leaders STEAL ALL of Mexicos assets
      Or because they arnt smart enough to
      Or because ? Come on
      First excuse is so funny LMAO
      Cant Afford to Really your going to use that Really

      Mexico isnt as poor as you think
      Its wealth it kept away from its people But As a Whole Mexico is and has every resurce to become one great Leading nation But its the way that Mexico is run and who runs it
      Is the reason
      Money is there believe me
      But put away all other excuses

      They simply cant!! It takes more then bribes killing drug running Egos Dictatorship to build a highly Intelligent well built aircraft ..

      Gosh they only make parts for autos Not the Whole vehicle




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    3. @10:06 BINGO

      8:59 REALLY cant afford to
      When they find one lil Chinese guy with a billion bucks CASH
      OR because the Leaders STEAL ALL of Mexicos assets
      Or because they arnt smart enough to
      Or because ? Come on
      First excuse is so funny LMAO
      Cant Afford to Really your going to use that Really

      Mexico isnt as poor as you think
      Its wealth it kept away from its people But As a Whole Mexico is and has every resurce to become one great Leading nation But its the way that Mexico is run and who runs it
      Is the reason
      Money is there believe me
      But put away all other excuses

      They simply cant!! It takes more then bribes killing drug running Egos Dictatorship to build a highly Intelligent well built aircraft ..

      Gosh they only make parts for autos Not the Whole vehicle




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    4. 10:03 Mexico does build everything from motorcycles to cars of every brand. They probably do build prop aircraft as well. They most definitely can build military aircraft. The price would be sky high if they were to not be able to sell them abroad is the real reason moron.
      Stop thinking that Maericans are above Mexicans in anything. Politics and yes corruption is what prevents Mexico from doing anything.

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    5. 1:06 corruption in Mexico has been carefully nurtured by the Us, then they infiltrate businessmen to make profit through more and more and more corruption and PRIvatization.

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  8. So the Mexican armed forces seem to have plenty of air support so now they should be able to finally win the WoD, or they need nukes for that?

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  9. I thought miltary business was over, Hugs

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  10. Since Mexico has gun control, when military wants to overthrow the government, they will have no opposition. Think about that

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    1. Currupted government of Mexico controls the military....think about that.

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  11. They don't prefer their aircraft that is just a load of baloney. The Mexican Government uses the money the US gives them to buy their aircraft and money from their budget its a form of bribing/money laundering. The Americans give Mexico tax payer made money then Mexico buys the aircraft from the companies that the US wants them to buy them from those companies always have people who are close to the people that authorized the so called aid. They get a kick back from that money.

    The other factor involves the US threatening Mexico with economic/legal sanctions if they so much as dare go against their wishes. The US uses threats to get what it wants everyone plays ball or they get slapped for doing what the US doesn't desire them of doing.

    Their new tool a recent law where they don't want other nations to be able to defend themselves so they came up with this new strategy.

    Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

    Russian weapons if used correctly by competent and alert troops work just as well as their western counterparts. Look at Yemen and Syria as recent examples of Russian and American weapons being used successful and not so much. In Syria mainly the Russian Military because the SAA leaves lots to be desired.

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    1. Then stop accepting American foreign aid and buy what you want, with your own money Mexico.
      If Russian helicopters are so cheap and so awesome, then why isn’t the entire world buying them?
      Why isn’t Russia a major force in world aircraft production?
      The answer is because they fall out of the skies and kill people at alarming rates.

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    2. 8:30 AM Okay Mr America whatever you say.

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  12. Russian made helicopters are cheap, they break easily, made in America are better.

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  13. When and where will Mexico use all this ?
    I feel money better spent on fighting the Drug Criminals
    And help the poor and keep your people safe
    Instead of your people Leaving your country to go to another one
    Because they Are Not Safe in Mexico
    All this is a waste of money Unless you plan to use this against Mexico peoples number one enemy Its own Cartels

    Mexico dosent ever have to worry going to War What are you going to defend The Drug Cartels ?

    sadly many sarcastic remarks
    But reallly think hard Your own people want to leave because of the war with in your own country


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  14. When BB gohn get Whatapp? Pay attention BZ news Channel 7 tonight.

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    1. Nobody in Belize foolish enough to send via email. GOB own de Internet here. Pretty apparent cartels own some GOB.
      https://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/199234
      http://7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=52277

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