“Montenegro signed a deal on Tuesday to buy three helicopters made by Bell Helicopter, part of Textron Inc, in a drive by NATO’s newest member to bolster its defenses.

The 30 million euro ($37 million) contract was negotiated through Canada’s government-to-government contracting organization, the Canadian Commercial Corporation, and includes two Bell 412EPI helicopters and one Bell 412EP helicopter.

‘Montenegro wants to improve the capabilities of its army,’ Defence Minister Predrag Boskovic said in a statement.

 He said the helicopters would be used to support land and sea activities, search and rescue operations, medical evacuations and to patrol Montenegro’s borders and territory.

One helicopter will be delivered to the small Adriatic nation in the first quarter of 2018 and the remaining two in the fourth quarter.” (Reuters)