US donates plane to El Salvador’s Armed Forces

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By Marco Echevarria

The U.S. government announced the donation of a Cessna 208B EX Grand Caravan aircraft to the Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES), valued at $3.9 million by the U.S. country and $1.6 million from El Salvador.

According to William Duncan, U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, the plane known as C208 will serve to “bettertend Salvadorans during normal security operations and during natural disasters, by speeding up the delivery of people and supplies to the places where they are most needed.”

In addition, transport will also perform land and maritime border monitoring functions in El Salvador. It is the first aircraft of its kind in the country.

“All the roles this plane plays are of complete use for the civilian population. That is to say, we have an additional tool to continue supporting the Salvadoran people in the face of disasters,” said Defense Minister René Francis Merino Monroy.

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared on La Prensa Grafica