Govt. waste: radar cost US$44M rots in airbase
Santo Domingo.- during seven years, radar equipment acquired to complement the Super Tucano aircraft to fight drug trafficking continue to deteriorate at San Isidro Airbase.
The purchase of medium-range mode 2106 ATAR equipment was part of the Armed Forces Air Radar System, declared a National Security issue by executive order.
The recent violation of the airspace by two aircraft in the eastern region reveals the need for the equipment, which bought for US$57 million.
The radar detects suspicious aircraft and allows the pursuit and interception by the Super Tucanos.
In 2009 Dominican authorities paid an Israeli company US$44 million for the equipment, but since 2012 no funds have been allocated for the project.