Outrageous: U.S. Company Sells Helicopters to Venezuelan Military

Friday, May 9, 2014
While Venezuela's regime arrests, tortures and murders student protestors, its military is purchasing helicopters from a U.S. company.

The Obama Administration should evaluate whether the Leahy Law (ironically), which prohibits assistance to military forces from any country deemed to violate human rights -- or any other current legislative authority -- applies.

Otherwise, Congress should step in to impede such sales.

From UPI:

Venezuela orders U.S.-made helicopters

Venezuela's Ministry of Defense has contracted Enstrom Helicopters of Michigan to supply 16 training aircraft for its air force and navy, the first buy of helicopters from a U.S. original equipment manufacturer in 10 years.

Venezuela's Ministry of Defense has ordered 420B training helicopters from Michigan-headquartered Enstrom Helicopter Corporation.

The contract is for 16 helicopters for use by the country's air force and navy and will be delivered within the next 18 months.

Also included in the deal are spare parts and tools, pilot and mechanic training and in-country technical assistance during the life of the contract.

No details as to the financial value of the award, however, were disclosed.

"We are very excited about this opportunity to provide training helicopters for Venezuela," said Tracy Biegler, Enstrom chief executive officer. "This is their first helicopter purchase from a U.S. Original Equipment Manufacturer in more than 10 years. We are pleased that the 480B was selected for this training mission."