MXSECURITY has received confirmation –according to a source familiar with the transaction- that the Mexican Navy is buying up to 9 Eurocopter EC-725 Caracal special operations helicopters.
The Navy becomes Mexico’s second EC-725 customer, since the Air Force ordered 6 in 2009 and another 6 the following year.
The EC-725’s could become the Navy’s backbone for CSAR, MEDEVAC and Troop Transport missions.
Alongside with the EC-725’s, the Navy is receiving three Sikorsky UH-60M helicopters as part of the Merida Initiative counter-narcotics program. It is believed that the Blackhawks will serve as a supportive tool for the Navy’s special operations groups.
We expect to receive further information in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Addendum: MXSECURITY has received confirmation that the first EC-725 ordered by the Air Force will arrive in autumn. The Mexican Air Force placed an order of 12 EC-725 plus an unspecified number of future options.
It is not yet known when the Navy is receiving its first batch of EC-725’s.