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Chinese-Made Radars to Help Venezuela Fight Drug Trafficking

A number of Chinese-made JY11B radars recently acquired by the Venezuelan government will prevent airplanes involved in the trafficking of drugs from using Venezuelan airspace to transport drugs to the U.S., said the Commander-General of the Bolivarian Military Aviation, Major General Jorge Oropeza Pernalete, during the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Venezuelan air force held in the city of Maracay, Aragua state (central north).

“These Chinese-made radars are the eyes of Venezuela to prevent drug traffickers from using our country to take drugs to the U.S. empire, the largest drug consumer in the world,” he said.

Oropeza said that this equipment would not have been obtained without the implementation of a new military doctrine.

The Venezuelan commander-general highlighted the work of military units in South America and the member-states of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) in the development of humanitarian work in countries such as Haiti and Guatemala.

“This effort translates into 82,000 hours of flight-time in the last five years, and demonstrates the efficiency and revolutionary morale of the Venezuelan pilots,” he said.

AVN/Translated by MinCI/Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S./November 27, 2010

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