ECUADOR - RUSSIA
Seems indeed that the Colombian authorities use this as retaliation to their neighbour. But I am sure this will not take too long anymore.
The commander of the FAE told in an interview to http://www.hoy.com.ec that : "El general añadió que las naves donadas permitirán modernizar una parte de los equipos de la FAE que estaban sin operar, dado que los Mirage F1 ecuatorianos serán dados de baja en enero del próximo año."
Translated this would mean that the Mirage F-1 fleet (what is still left of it) of the FAE will be withdrawn from use??
Any news on that?
It has just been released that Rafael Correa signed a contract on the supply of two military transport helicopters, Mi-171E, to Ecuador.
MIRAGE 50 in ECUADOR * TAURA AIR FORCE BASE *
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Venezuelan military says that the aircraft to Ecuador includes missiles
Published 29/Octubre/2009 | 15:07
*Translation by Google
The donation of six Mirage fighters from Venezuela to Ecuador includes missiles for such aircraft, today unveiled the second commander of the Venezuelan Military Aircraft, General Jose Gregorio Perez, during the delivery of the first three devices.
"With missiles also going to hand to Ecuador (aircraft) will have greater defense capability," the official told reporters at a base in the Ecuadorian town of Taura, 280 km southwest of Quito.
Perez, who did not specify the number of missiles, Mirage said the 50 are "high performance", develop a rate twice that of sound and have "deep strike capability."
"It's a pride that will continue to meet security and defense work in" Ecuador, "a country more than brother," he said in a speech.
The officer noted that presidents of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez and Ecuador's Rafael Correa, has created "a relationship that allows us to do this type of exchange" and proclaimed the slogan "homeland, socialism or death".
The first three planes arrived today crewed by Venezuelan pilots, three days later than planned due to a dispute over permission to Colombia to cross its territory.
Chief Air Operations Command and the Defense of Ecuador, General Alonso Espinosa, said the Venezuelan grant "covers a big weakness that had Ecuador in capability of air-sea attack.
"That is, to respond in case there is an enemy fleet which is coming up to block our sea lines of communication," he said. (AFP)
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, background left, takes part at a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. Correa is on on a three-day official visit in Russia. (AP)
Manchester United's Ecuador midfielder Antonio Valencia (L) controls the ball away from CSKA Moscow's Russian midfielder Evgeni Aldonin during their UEFA Champions League Group B football match at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on November 3, 2009. Valencia started his career at El Nacional and moved to the Spanish league team Villarreal in 2005. El Nacional is a sports club from Quito, Ecuador that is best known for its professional football team. El Nacional belongs to the Ecuadorian military and maintained a tradition of having only Ecuadorian players on their team.
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