The president-elect of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said on Wednesday he will cancel the purchase of eight combat helicopters that the Secretary of the Navy had planned to acquire from the United States.
Lopez Obrador said that cancelling the contract of the eight MH60R of the Lockheed Martin company that was already authorized by the US government is an example of the austerity policy that will be carried out by his government since such purchase would involve an expenditure of 1,200 million dollars.
“That purchase is going to be cancelled because we can not make that expense,” he said at a press conference.
In April, the State Department gave its approval to the sale of the helicopters on the grounds that they would improve the security of one of its regional strategic partners and help Mexico in its fight against organized crime.
The Office of Political and Military Affairs of the Department of State explained in an email that the 30-day period of notification to Congress has already concluded and that the next step would be for Mexico to send an acceptance letter with the details of the purchase that would be managed. through the Department of Defense.
When the purchase-sale agreement for the combat helicopters was made public, López Obrador asked President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel it.
During the campaign, López Obrador had already criticized the purchase of military equipment and insisted that his bet was not for the war and the arms race but for the peace that would come from justice.