Bolivia and Brazil Plan for Anti-Drug Aviation Exercises
By Dialogo March 29, 2012
Bolivian and Brazilian Military commanders met on March 26, to plan joint exercises on airspace control along the border, scheduled for June, in the context of the bilateral fight against drugs, a bulletin issued by the Brazilian embassy said.
The meeting “represents a new paradigm for coordination between the two countries with regard to airspace and border control, which will strengthen, among other areas, joint efforts to fight drug trafficking,” the statement said.
In June, the Air Forces of both countries will conduct “practice for the planning, coordination, and command and control of bi-national air operations, fighter aviation mission exercises, and exchange of information about illicit movements,” the announcement added.
The preparatory meetings will last until March 30.
In October 2011, La Paz and Brasilia signed an agreement to implement a joint air defense system, including unmanned flights, along their vast shared border of 3,100 km, targeting the movement of drugs and arms.
Bolivia is a transit country for Peruvian cocaine headed for Brazil and European countries.