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Argentina's Air Force modernization program
« on: December 16, 2016, 04:51:14 PM »
Argentina's government approves Air Force modernization program | Air Recognition - 15 December 2016
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The country's Defense Minister Julio Martínez revealed yesterday that he obtained the presidential green light to launch a series of government-to-government tenders to be financed with foreign credits. According Martínez, these purchases "will not impact on this (2017) budget, but only for those of 2018 and 2019."

Argentina plans to purchase 12 more basic training aircraft to complete its actual fleet of Tucanos and Grob G120TPs.

But the main problem remains the lack of fighter jets, since the Argentine Air Force (FAA) has been left without supersonic combat aircraft during previous governments. Once formalized, this purchase would be the first of the last 40 years. The FAA's fleet of combat aircraft is currently composed of three Lockheed Martin A-4AR Fightinghawks and 25 IA 58 Pucará close air support turboprop aircraft.

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Re: Argentina's Air Force modernization program
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2016, 04:34:21 PM »
Argentine army and air force receive new and modernised aircraft | IHS Jane's 360 - 19 December 2016
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Argentina's state-owned aircraft factory, Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA), delivered the first upgraded IA-58A Pucará (A-568) to the air force with new navigation equipment, a locally designed multifunction display, some new instruments, and new oxygen system.

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Originally, the air force's plan was to equip the Pucarás similarly to the Pampa II advanced trainers; development of the project began by 2009, when A-568 was sent to the factory, but budget cuts led to a reduction in the overall programme.

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Argentina officially suspends fighter replacement programme
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2017, 12:24:53 AM »
Argentina officially suspends fighter replacement programme | IHS Jane's 360 - 03 February 2017
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The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) Fightinghawks are planned to be retired before 2018 due to lack of spares and their age. The FAA's Dassault Mirage fleet was retired in November 2015 without a replacement.

The decision made due to Argentina's economic problems and, according to Martínez, there will be no new aircraft procurement in the short term, at least until the fiscal situation improves.

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Re: Argentina's Air Force modernization program
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2017, 01:33:30 AM »
Argentina receives Bell 412EP helos | Janes - 12 December 2017
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Argentina has received four new Bell helicopter 412EP platforms that were first approved by the US State Department in late 2015.

The medium-twin helicopters were handed over to the Argentinian Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Argentina: FAA) during a ceremony at Bell’s Fort Worth facility in Texas on 11 December.

The helicopters will join the two 412EPs that were received in 2013, and will be used for search and rescue (SAR), humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, peacekeeping support, and as part of Argentina’s scientific mission in Antarctica.


One of the four 412EP helicopters handed over to Argentina during a ceremony at Bell’s Fort Worth plant in Texas. Source: Bell Helicopter