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Procurement struggles and stretched resources hinder Guatemala

15th July 2020 - 18:45 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC


Lacking hefty procurement budgets, small Central American countries are struggling to fulfil their defence equipment acquisition ambitions – and the situation is only likely to worsen once the ramifications of COVID-19 become clearer.

Guatemala, for example, has unsuccessfully attempted to repair and upgrade two of its nine Bell UH-1H Iroquois  helicopters and one Beechcraft Super King Air 200 ISR aircraft.

A recent attempt to modernise the Hueys was scrapped because the offer made by the sole bidder exceeded what the government was prepared to pay; while repairs to the Super King Air were cancelled due to changes in the

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Wilder Alejandro Sanchez


Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

Wilder Alejandro Sánchez is an analyst who covers defense & security, geopolitical, and trade issues …

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