As part of an ongoing effort to enhance Jamaica’s border security, the country has earmarked Jamaican $3.03 billion in the new fiscal year, to conclude the procurement of new aircraft for the Jamaica Defence Force Air Wing.
The JDF Air Wing operates three Bell 429 and three Bell 407 light helicopters alongside two Bell 412EP medium helicopters. One Bell 412EPI is on order while two Bell 206 helicopters are used for training. Fixed wing assets include one Beechcraft Super King Air 350 maritime surveillance aircraft and two examples each of the Diamond DA40 and DA42 training aircraft.
Additional assets to be acquired as part of Jamaica’s ongoing border security enhancement efforts include the procurement of two maritime patrol vessels from Japan as well as radar and cameras.