MANAGUA, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The Nicaraguan Army (EN) is modernizing its military fleet with Russia's help, state news website El 19 Digital quoted a senior military officer as saying Thursday.
The head of the army, Gen. Julio Aviles, made the statement Wednesday during the inauguration of a mechanics workshop belonging to the army's Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
The Russian government donated the workshop's machinery to help Nicaragua upgrade its facilities.
Aviles has been committed to the modernization of the Special Operations Command (COE), located in Laguna de Jiloa, 13 km west of the capital Managua.
The overhauled mechanics workshop, built for repair and maintenance of armored vehicles, will allow the army to extend the life of fleet units, and lower operational costs, said Aviles.
"This workshop endows Nicaraguans and the EN with capacities we didn't have before, such as the optimal and combat readiness of our means of transportation, so we can fulfill all the missions and tasks assigned to us," said Aviles.
Russian Ambassador to Nicaragua Nikolai Vladimir said Russia was pleased to be able to cooperate with Nicaragua in this field and numerous others, including education, culture, trade, economy and fight against drug trafficking, as well as in handling natural disasters.
Russia also donated firefighting gears, prefabricated houses and machines to improve rural roads.