A Mexico helicopter order cancellation is underway. The order was a deal between the United States and Mexico. The upcoming president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said that he would cancel the order. The cost is no small fee: $1.36 billion (26 billion pesos).
The Mexico helicopter order cancellation revolved around eight U.S. military helicopters. The helicopters were American made, Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk. On their website, the company boasts the helicopter “is the most advanced Maritime helicopter.”
Lopez Obrador announced his plans to cancel the deal on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. “This purchase is going to be canceled because we cannot make this expenditure,” Lopez Obrador said.
The election occurred in July of this year; Lopez Obrador is slated to take office on December 1, 2018. His campaign pledged to decrease government waste and to battle corruption. The Mexico helicopter order cancellation could affect the Mexican Navy who was going to use the helicopters.
The helicopter purchase was first announced on Thursday, April 19, 2018, by The Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Congress was notified of this possible sale the day before. The helicopters are designed for multiple missions and the sale was supposed to help Mexico’s ability to fight criminal organizations.
The statement reads, “Mexico has been a strong partner in combating organized crime and drug trafficking organizations. The sale of these aircraft to Mexico will significantly increase and strengthen its maritime capabilities.”
The statement also reads the helicopters would “strengthen its homeland defense.”
The Mexico helicopter order cancellation may have been preplanned. Lopez Obrador asked the current President Enrique Pena Nieto to help him by canceling the order.
Lopez Obrador has run for president three times in total and won the election by a “landslide,” according to the Washington Post.
“We don’t want war or an arms race,” Lopez Obrador said during his campaign. “We want peace, and peace comes from justice.”
In his measure to cut back on governmental costs, Lopez Obrador said he is looking into selling the presidential jet, a Boeing 787. He said he has no plans to use the plane. Lopez Obrador has addressed Congress with legislation that includes Mexico education reform laws.
The Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk origin dates back to 1979 and has undergone different model changes. Currently, the MH-60R Seahawk is equipped with advanced radar and nighttime vision. Its glass cockpit features digital monitors, Hellfire missiles, and heavy machine guns.
The U.S. was selling the helicopters to Mexico for $170 million each. The U.S. has also made helicopter deals with Denmark and Australia. In 2012, Sikorsky sold the same helicopters to the U.S. Navy for $42.9 million apiece.