Jul 10, 2011by Kerry Sheridan ASDNews
LA PAZ - Bolivian and Chinese technicians have been assembling six K-8 Chinese warplanes for the country's war on drugs, said a military leader on Sunday.
The aircraft can be used for "advanced training for tactical military operations or high-altitude flybys," the commander of Air Force Fighter Group 34, Gonzalo Sempertegui, told local media.
A total of 52 technicians (24 Bolivians and 28 Chinese), in addition to 12 Bolivian pilots are assembling the planes in Fighter Group 34's hangars in the department of Cochabamba.
So far three of the six aircraft are operational.
The warplanes were acquired through Chinese credit and will be the first of their kind in Bolivia. Up to now, the Bolivian Air Force have had only cargo aircraft training.