Military Aviation

ARGENTINE AIR FORCE COULD SOON PURCHASE REFURBISHED SUPER ÉTENDARD ATTACK AIRCRAFT

Instead Argentina had decided to postpone talks on the purchase of MiG-29s

Argentina is said to be in talks with France to buy refurbished Super Étendard attack aircraft and let the Fuerza Aérea Argentina (Argentine Air Force) operate them.

Moreover as reported by Merco Press talks with France would also involve the possible purchase of engines to power 20 Argentine Pucaras aircraft that are currently grounded.

Defense Minister Julio Martinez was quoted as saying that the “transaction provides excellent value, and under very favorable conditions. […] Our pilots must be able to train in modern aircraft.”

The Fuerza Aérea Argentina is also upgrading five C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft (two of which have already completed the refurbishment) with U.S. support at Cordoba aircraft manufacturing plant.

Separately, Interfax said on May 19 that Argentina had decided to postpone talks on the purchase of MiG-29s.

Noteworthy the Argentine military re-equipment program involves also four new patrol ships which are currently under construction at the Tandanor yards with support from France, Italy and China.

Photo credit: Martín Otero via Wikimedia Commons

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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