The Peruvian Government have approved the purchase of 36 helicopters and 14 transport planes for the military, primarily for emergency response work such as flood relief. The national newspaper La República said that the National Emergency Operations Center had reported that during the period of rains, landslides and floods, it was necessary to mobilize about 200 tons of emergency aid every day – and the mountainous nature of the terrain makes it ideal for rotary wing responders.
By comparison, a recent situation only managed to ship just over 100 tons per day, flown by 11 helicopters from the Army, 5 from the Air Force and a total of 10 from the National Police.
The finance approval is reported as a fleet of Mi-171Sh-P from Russian Helicopters, with 24 dedicated to transporting people and underslung loads, and the remaining 12 fitted for SAR work
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com