PUCALLPA, July 16 (BERNAMA-NNN-ANDINA) -- Peru's Navy plans to acquire advance-Hovercraft amphibious units for supporting the surveillance of the Armed Forces in the fight against narcoterrorism in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM), it was reported Monday.
These amphibious crafts worth US$1.5 million each and have a capacity to lodge 20 soldiers.
The marine vessels which will be deployed in the VRAEM region can reach up to 35 knots and are armoured and they have night vision capabilities.
The General Commander of the Navy, Admiral Carlos Tejada, said that for strategic reasons he could not reveal the exact number of ships to be acquired, but they will be enough to patrol not only Vraem rivers, but also those located in the Peruvian Amazon.
These amphibious units have aluminum armour and special air mattresses, so they can float and glide to emerge on either maritime or land surfaces, overcoming all kinds of obstacles.
They can go into an area, perform rescue tasks in support of a helicopter, for example, and then return to the water.