Eleven New Radars Will Shield the Colombian Coast
By Dialogo August 21, 2012
Colombia acquired eleven new radar systems to shield the Colombian coast, announced the Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón on August 18, during the inauguration of the new Coast Guard station Coveñas.
“The country will be shielded in the coming years, the Colombian coast will be reinforced with the acquisition of eleven radar systems, which willl monitor the coast and vessels at sea,” said Pinzón.
The Minister explained that these new monitoring and control capabilities, not only will combatt drug trafficking better, but also smuggling and arms trafficking, among other crimes.
“In the next two years, this will allow the Colombian coasts to be under a radar system, which will locate any irregular behavior at sea and on the coasts,” said the senior official.
He added: “This also improves the civil navigation, because having good radar systems functions the same as air traffic control in identifying navigation routes and which ships are sailing.”
Finally, the Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón, announced the strengthening of the Coast Guard’s capabilities, with the acquisition of three new coastal patrol boats and new Midnight-class speedboats.