Honduran Army Plans to Install a Long-Range Radar to Target Drug Planes
By Dialogo April 20, 2011They should know how to write this story do not copy it in a hurry, do things well or if they are going to do it poorly, do not do anything, this report is not comprehensible.
The Honduran Armed Forces plan to install a long-range radar in order to locate and track planes that enter the country carrying drugs. The head of the Honduran Army General Staff, Gen. René Osorio, declared that the possibility of the United States ceding that radar has been proposed to that country.
According to a report published by the Honduran newspaper El Heraldo [The Herald], the military commander explained that the equipment could remain fixed in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, and monitor a large part of the national territory.
“A radar with 360-degree coverage can be located at the Air Force headquarters (in Tegucigalpa), in a strategic location, and track drug planes that way,” he affirmed.
The officer acknowledged that the drug traffickers’ financial resources are almost limitless, while government institutions always face obstacles, and that makes combating this plague even more difficult.
He recalled that during the Cold War, the military used to have a 360-degree radar that covered El Salvador, Guatemala, and part of Nicaragua.
The subject of the proposed radar desired by the Honduran military and potentially sponsored by the U.S. government came up during the same week as a visit to the Central American country by the head of the U.S. Southern Command, Gen. Douglas M. Fraser.
Fraser visited Honduras, according to the local newspaper La Prensa [The Press], on 11 and 12 April, with the objective of discussing issues related to security and the fight against drug trafficking with the local authorities.
In Washington on 30 March, Fraser warned that drug trafficking and organized crime have turned the Northern Triangle of Central America, the region made up of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, into one of the world’s most violent places.
In its official statement on General Fraser’s visit, the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa specified that the topics that the U.S. officer would address with the Honduran authorities included “cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking, humanitarian-aid projects, and training activities to support peace missions and respond to natural disasters.”