Honduras, Colombia and Guatemala Conclude Anti-drug Military Exercise
By Dialogo December 22, 2011
With the aim of closing the Caribbean Sea’s airspace to drug-trafficking flights, the Honduran, Colombian and Guatemalan Air Forces concluded the combined air interdiction exercise “Honcolgua I.”
From December 16 to 21, combat aircraft from the three countries carried out maneuvers using the runways of Coronel Héctor Carraccioli Moncada and Coronel Enrique Soto Cano Airbases (Honduras), as well as La Aurora Airbase in Guatemala. As part of the exercise, a Colombian aircraft simulated involvement in illegal activity, crossing the border and flying through the shared space.
Honcolgua I joins other military exercises that Colombia has conducted with Brazil (COLBRA), Peru (PERCOL), the Dominican Republic (CARIBE), and Honduras (HONCOL), which have strengthened airspace monitoring.
These and other exercises aim to improve crew training levels and update established procedures, taking into account the fact that the enemy is constantly modifying his criminal methods.