As MXSECURITY stated some days ago, the Mexican Air Force just signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the acquisition of three new Eurocopter EC-725 Caracal special operations helicopters. The Air Force already purchased six EC-725 in 2009, which are expected to arrive during 2011.
The Letter of Intention was signed by the Mexican Defense Minister Guillermo Galvan and French Minister of Defense Herve Morin, on April 29th.
The French Minister of Defense also announced that two French Air Force helicopters will take part in the Mexican Independence Military Parade next September, along with Army cadets.
The official information was posted on the French Ministry of Defense Website.
In MXSECURITY we believe that the Letter of Understanding could also mean that Eurocopter is about to announce the beginning of construction of its new facility in Mexico.
The arrival of Eurocopter’s facility will boost Mexico’s aeronautical industry capabilities.
Adendum: This is a very good video for those who want to see a bit more on the EC-725: