Phnom Penh — The Cambodian Defence Ministry received 12 Chinese-made helicopters on Monday that it purchased from China.
Defence Minister Gen Tea Banh said the Zhi-9 utility helicopters will be used for military training and for cracking down on crimes in various areas of the country.
He added, “These helicopters will also be used for humanitarian activities such as disaster management”.
In 2011 China agreed to lend Cambodia US$195 million to purchase the choppers, said a Bangkok Post report.
The Chinese ambassador said the helicopters are capable of carrying materials and people for emergency operations.
Since the early 1990s, China has been one of the world’s biggest donors to Cambodia.