Under the dictatorship of President Alfredo Stroessner (1954 – 1989), Paraguay became a haven for drug smugglers and arms dealers. The trade in illegal drugs soared spectacularly and corruption amongst law enforcement officials was common. Since the overthrow of Stroessner in 1989, the government has been working to clamp down on illegal drugs. In 1991 a central authority called the Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas (SENAD) was established to coordinate the areas of demand reduction, supply reduction, control measures and the information center. SENAD is funded separately from the Police and Armed Forces and reports directly to the office of the President. It works with the Anti-Narcotics Police (DINAR) and the Policia Nacional (PNP) in carrying out drug seizure operations.
In 1996 an aviation unit was established, to operate three UH-1 heiicopters specifically obtained from Argentina. The aviation unit was disbanded in March 2004 and air support is now provided by the Air Force.
|1991||SENAD first established.|
|1996||SENAD Aviation Unit established.|
|2004||Aviation Unit disbanded.|
The SENAD Aviation Unit was disbanded in 2004.
No information available on aircraft markings.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
SENAD helicopters carried military-syle serials in the range PR-H-00x.
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None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
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|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Retirement||Origin|
|Bell UH-1B Iroquois||3||1996||2004||Argentina|
Aircraft NOT Used
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Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas, Asuncion, Paraguay.
All helicopters were operated by the Aviation Unit of the SENAD.
Current Unit Assignments
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
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The SENAD Aviation Unit used Silvio Pettirossi International Airport?
Paraguay Aviation Bibliography – to be added
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