LIMA – Peru is buying 28,707 9 mm pistols from the United States to replace pistols and revolvers bought by the National Police 20 years ago, plus a small number of assault rifles and submachine guns, the Interior Ministry said.
Interior Minister Jose Luis Perez and U.S. Ambassador to Peru Brian A. Nichols signed a memorandum of understanding and the purchase contract with SIG Sauer Inc. on Wednesday.
The contract covers 2,870 similar pistols, 150 assault rifles, 50 submachine guns, five sniper rifles, 50 special operations pistols and 4,000 basic spare parts at a cost of $13.1 million paid by the Peruvian government.
The contract also provides training for 180 gunsmiths and 180 police instructors, as well as training for special forces, a maintenance and repair workshop, and 12 maintenance modules.
The first 10,000 pistols will arrive in Peru by May and the rest of the arsenal should arrive in July.
The purchase was classified as a matter “of national interest” and is part of a modernization, renovation and equipment replacement plan for the Peruvian National Police between 2015 and 2019, a period during which when more than 90,000 weapons will be bought.