This Thursday, the government of the United States of America provided their Mexican counterparts with a CASA/IPTN CN-235 transport plane as a part of the Merida Initiative, according to reports from Mexican newspaper El Universal [es].
The measure seeks to help Mexican authorities to provide rapid transport of personnel for counternarcotics and security operations.
The CN-235 is the lowest cost tactical airlifter with more than 250 units in services with military and government operators in 26 countries, according to manufacturer. It serves purposes of cargo transport, personnel transport, medical evacuation, paratrooping, or any type of aerial delivery procedure.
The Merida Initiative is an unprecedented partnership between the United States and Mexico to fight organized crime and associated violence while furthering respect for human rights and the rule of law. Based on principles of shared responsibility, mutual trust, and respect for sovereign independence, the two countries’ efforts have built confidence that is transforming the bilateral relationship. U.S. Department of State.
Amid the Merida Initiative, the U.S.A. have provided Mexican armed forces with UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, and some other warfare vehicles and devices.
Over than 45,000 people are reported to have died from drug-related violence since Mexican president launched his crackdown against cartels. President Calderón, who took office on December 1st, 2006, started today the last year of his term.
December 1st, 2011.