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And here’s Argentina first F-16

Argentina first F-16

On Apr. 16, 2024, Argentina has finalised a deal to procure former Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets.

According to Janes, the Danish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the milestone, saying the defence ministers of the two countries concluded the contract for the transfer of 24 former RDAF F-16AM/BM jets to the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) during a signing ceremony at Skrydstrup Air Base in Denmark.

Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark and Minister of Defence Troels Lund Poulsen said that he is “Very pleased that the Danish F-16 aircraft, which over the years have served us well and have been thoroughly maintained and technologically updated, will now benefit the Argentine Air Force.”

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Deliveries to Argentina are expected to commence later in 2024.

As well as finalising the procurement, the event saw one of the F-16s shown for the first time in full FAA markings.

Letter of intent

As explained by Scramble Magazine, although the aircraft, the dual seat F-16BM ‘ET199’, wearing full FAA markings, looked real it could be a part of public relations stunt. In that case, the particular mentioned F-16 could show up everywhere. While most of the last operational Danish F-16s will be sold/given to Argentina and Ukraine, Denmark is getting the new F-35A Lightning II. In Argentine service the F-16 will replace the A-4AR Fightinghawk.

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As already reported, on Mar. 26, 2024 in Buenos Aires, Danish Minister of Defence, Troels Lund Poulsen, met his Argentine counterpart, Minister of Defence Luis Alfonso Petri, and signed a letter of intent on the possible sale of Danish F-16 fighter jets.

“I have had an extremely fruitful meeting with my Argentine colleague who has expressed great satisfaction on becoming member of the family of F-16 nations across the globe. The deal has been negotiated in collaboration with the United States”, says Danish Minister of Defence, Troels Lund Poulsen, in a Danish Ministry of Defence news release.

The decision to sell the Danish jets to Argentina has been carried out in close collaboration with the American government, who has approved the sale of the US produced aircrafts.

Photo credit: Danish MoD/Forsvarsministeriet, Twitter @nicpromanzio and Twitter @FuerzaAerea_Arg.


Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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