Eye on the sky
FROM ISSUE #96 (31 MAY 2002 - 06 JUNE 2002) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Royal Nepal Army is seeking to buy three aircraft, two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft with Short-Take-Off and-Landing (STOL) capabilities. The Master General of Ordinance issued the tender notices on 22 May, calling for bids by 11 June. The specifications match those of the Polish Aviation Factory's Skytruck (fixed wing), the Mil Design Bureau's Mi17 built by Kazan or Ulan in Russia and the French firm Eurocopter's Fennec, the military version of Ecuriel. The total purchase would add up to about $9 million. The Mi17s are already the workhorses of the army, the Ecuriel has proven high-altitude capabilities, while the Skytruck, among the cheapest fixed-wing aircraft in the market, can take off and land in most of Nepal's mountain airports.