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Oct 3, 2014

PM Barrow Says G.O.B. Will Purchase a Helicopter

Dean Barrow

The threat to our armed forces this morning has highlighted a deficiency in our military capacity which is certainly no secret. There is need for a helicopter to assist in operations, not the least of which is maintaining our territorial integrity. To drive the point home, this morning it took reinforcements as much as five hours to answer the call for help from Camp Valentin near the border. In that time, disaster could have struck, and there is absolutely nothing the B.D.F. could have done about it. While talk of procuring at least one of the very expensive aircraft has been bandied about for years, it is apparent that the need has become critical. PM Barrow also spoke about this issue in the house on Thursday.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow  

“We have been looking into the possibility of getting at least one helicopter. It’s not easy…the last price I heard was eight to ten million dollars, and then there’s the question of the maintenance. We’ve been trying to see if we could partner with the Canadians initially…we’ve spoken to the US but that plea has fallen on deaf ears. I made an appeal to Obama personally when we were at that Central American meeting in Costa Rice some time ago. I think we want to talk to the Taiwanese…I see where they donated a used helicopter to the Guatemalans, and I don’t see why they can’t try to assist us as well. But what I want to say to you and the nation sir is that ultimately we are going to get a helicopter. If we have to pay for it ourselves, I just want to be sure that with respect to maintenance, with respect to servicing, with respect to our ability to handle this new rotary capacity that I am determined that we in fact secure, that we are ready. But it is going to happen.”

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5 Responses for “PM Barrow Says G.O.B. Will Purchase a Helicopter”

  1. Ali Babarrow's Belize says:

    Which lucky gang member gets to fly it?

    This will a fun toy to crash!
    Won’t last as long as the vehicles the dumb Americans are giving, unless you never fly it.
    Sell gang raffle tickets for people just to sit in it.
    Balance the budget.

    Get someone who can really fly it and they can ferry your rich A$$ around your kingdom of Baba.

  2. Patriot says:

    Belize is rich with natural resources. Our oil is being exploited and there is small benefit and profit for Belize. The same way you nationalized BTL & BEL, you Barrow, can nationalize the oil industry and Belize will stop begging. If you nationalize BNE you can have more than one helicopter in one year and better police vehicles than those with the flags. You brought ASR to enslave the canefarmers in the North. Think wise Barrow! If this hostile situation continues with Guatemala, Obama will credit you (without u asking) their old & outdated weapon and u give him the oil wells your nephew will find and under the table sell the Guatemalans US weapons too. The US has done it before with our Central American Neighbors: Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua for their civil war. Remember Reagan. Beware Barrow!! Obama will not give you a helicopter because in no way will it benefit US. But if you ask for weapons Obama will give u because it will destroy Bz and help the US economy!

  3. cd says:

    Maybe if the gov’t did not steal all the money from the people, They would have the funds to buy a helicopter etc instead of begging. Every piece of equipment given to this gov’t is misused and eventually destroyed. Maintain a helicopter? The police and BDF cannot even put a light bulb on a truck. This nation is a failure top to bottom.

  4. Retired CEO says:

    A nation of beggars? What else is new? Belize.

  5. cd says:

    Um, Belize citizens, This country ain’t working correctly. You let it happen. The government owns energy, telecommunications, water, electric, etc etc etc. When the gov owns everything, there is no incentive for competition, hence no good. You lose. Game over. The money always stops in someones pocket, then gets invested in a house in mexico etc. Not your house.

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