Fixed-wing aircraft procured by GDF “tried and tested” – Min. Harmon
-low operational costs, excellent fuel efficiency
DPI, GUYANA, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon says the four fixed-wing aircraft procured by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) have been “tried and tested” and are in suitable condition for use by the military.
The aircraft, Minister Harmon assured recently, were inspected by a team which returned a positive report about the condition of the aircraft and “they believe we have a very good buy”, Harmon said.
Putting fears to rest, the State Minister expressed confidence in the personnel who conducted the inspection, while highlighting that the aircraft are usually difficult to acquire.
He explained that given their durability and the fact that they are no longer being manufactured, operators are reluctant to sell.
Minister Harmon intimated that use of the aircraft does not contradict the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS). This is due to its fuel efficiency and low operating costs.
The National Assembly was approached for supplementary funding of $484, 239, 000 for the purchase of the four, fixed-wing aircraft, two sky vans and two islanders.
Some $213, 885,000 from within the GDF’s 2018 capital programme was utilised to meet the initial payments for the aircraft.
The Minister said that they are ideal for the weather conditions in Guyana and the GDF has competency in the operation of both.
The procurement of the four aircraft is to ensure the safe transport of patients and other resources. They will also be used for conducting search and rescue exercises in the Hinterland, often times in extreme weather conditions.
By: Stacy Carmichael.