According to Janes Defense Weekly, Bolivia is currently evaluating several proposals in the framework of the comprehensive modernization program of the air defense system, which began in the 2011 year and until now included only the purchase of six CATIC UBS jet missiles.
The second priority direction is the purchase of helicopters for the Air Force of the country.
One of the possible suppliers is considered Russia. The Russian delegation, led by the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Oleg Salyukov visited Bolivia on August 20. The parties held talks on the purchase of Russian weapons, including Mi-17В-5 helicopters as part of a soft loan.
Helicopters, first and foremost, are needed to support operations to combat drug trafficking.
According to the results of the visit, it was decided to continue negotiations in Moscow in November 2013.
Earlier, in May of this year, a representative of the Rostec Group of Companies reported that the parties are discussing the issue of granting Bolivia a loan for the purchase of Mi-10 helicopters up to 17.
In August, the Bolivian Ground Forces received a R44 “Raven-1” helicopter manufactured by Robinson Helicopter, designed for pilot training. In addition, it is planned that in March 2014, the Bolivian Armed Forces will receive four Chinese-made H425 helicopters.