Thursday, September 2nd 2010 - 06:39 UTC

First time ever Argentine purchase of Russian military hardware

Russia has signed a “historic” contract to deliver Mi-17 helicopter to Argentina, a member of a Russian delegation said on Wednesday according to a report from Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

The operation involves two Mi-17 multipurpose helicopters mainly for Antarctic logistics

“The contract provides for the delivery of two Mi-17 helicopters to the Argentine Air Force,” the official said, adding that the contract was signed Tuesday evening at the Ministry of Defence in Buenos Aires.

The sale is the first time the Argentine military has bought Russian military hardware, he said.

“Until now there has been no military-technical cooperation between Russia and Argentina,” he added.

Vyacheslav Davidenko, spokesman for Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, confirmed the contract.

According to Argentine Defence sources the multipurpose helicopters are to be used for logistic and rescue operations in Antarctic bases.

The Mi-17 helicopters have capacity to transport 26 passengers and 5 tons of external load. They have floaters for emergency water-landing, cargo cranes for upload and download in the deck of vessels and supplementary tanks for long-range operations.

The Ministry of Defence said the purchase of the helicopters was done as a “government to government” contract and includes the training of the crew and mechanics. The helicopters will arrive in Argentina in September 2011.


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1 elian_Ar (#) Sep 02nd, 2010 - 09:58 am Report abuse
It's high time the Gov. increased our defense, in comparison of Chilean and Brasilian investment we are a step behind. Anyway as it says those helicopters are multi purpose it might help to save some lives, and that's always good news
2 Zethee (#) Sep 02nd, 2010 - 11:13 am Report abuse
It's a very good bit of equipment
3 Typhoon (#) Sep 02nd, 2010 - 12:12 pm Report abuse
Also purchased by Thailand. Because it's cheap.
4 Zethee (#) Sep 02nd, 2010 - 12:23 pm Report abuse
Around 60 nations use this equipment.
5 fredbdc (#) Sep 02nd, 2010 - 12:41 pm Report abuse
They are barred from purchasing US military equipment because they owe us $ from their last purchase. That why they don't have any new replacement parts and they have to part out their other jets to keep 4 flying.
6 jerry (#) Sep 02nd, 2010 - 03:19 pm Report abuse
Notice that this is for future delivery, just about in time for a new government to find a way to come up with enough money to pay for them.
7 Typhoon (#) Sep 02nd, 2010 - 04:28 pm Report abuse
My information is that US Special Forces use these for the sake of deniability.
8 Zethee (#) Sep 02nd, 2010 - 04:30 pm Report abuse
Yes, as do the UK Special Forces, deniability, and they are very reliable.
9 jorge! (#) Sep 03rd, 2010 - 05:55 am Report abuse
We have enough money to pay for them, even if they were 20.
10 Fernando_A (#) Sep 03rd, 2010 - 06:58 am Report abuse
I hope we don't buy any more of these, they're ugly and they look like they're older than s--t!

Sukhoi SU30 flighters I wouldn't mind
11 Rufus (#) Sep 03rd, 2010 - 08:43 am Report abuse
Fernando, the problem is that the Mi-17 is relatively cheap in comparison to the SU30 (like about an eighth of the price).
12 Zethee (#) Sep 03rd, 2010 - 08:54 am Report abuse
And they're proven to work very well.
13 jerry (#) Sep 03rd, 2010 - 03:25 pm Report abuse
Zethee - I do not know who “We” is, but Argentina has already stated that it cannot pay retired folks 82% of the minimum wage, as the country does not have the money. Where does the money come from to pay for 20 helicopters?
14 Zethee (#) Sep 03rd, 2010 - 03:30 pm Report abuse
I don't know who “We” are either, You have me mixed up with the rabid argentine Jorge, such an insult!
15 jerry (#) Sep 03rd, 2010 - 04:30 pm Report abuse
Zethee - Sorry about that! MercoPress had the comment listed next to your name on my computer screen.
16 Zethee (#) Sep 03rd, 2010 - 04:42 pm Report abuse
Haha, it's ok.

Just thinking about it, Two heli's does seem like a rather small ammount
17 Fernando_A (#) Sep 04th, 2010 - 02:25 am Report abuse
“According to Argentine Defense sources the multipurpose helicopters are to be used for logistic and rescue operations in Antarctic bases.”

I guess it makes sense then as long as they're reliable, I would station one on the Antarctic and one on the Alt. Irízar icebreaker as cargo equipment and rescue.
18 briton (#) Sep 05th, 2010 - 09:28 pm Report abuse
just keep of the falklands,
19 Fernando_A (#) Sep 07th, 2010 - 09:53 am Report abuse
Confirmed, the two helicopters will be permanently assigned to the Argentine Antarctic bases.

A total of three Sea King helicopters onboard the ARA Almirante Irizar icebreaker were destroyed in a fire that broke out in 2007, but they will be replaced by helicopters of the same make and model. Six Sea King helicopters have already been delivered, four operational and two for spares. Interesting note on this:

One of the 'new' Sea King helicopters to be used onboard the Irizar, all nice and shiny

Argentine Navy Sea King helicopter approaching the Irizar in 2005

ARA Almirante Irizar on the ice

The Irizar will be back in service in 2011
20 Nicholas (#) Sep 07th, 2010 - 06:07 pm Report abuse
Clown Elian typed:
“ comparison of Chilean and Brasilian investment we are a step behind.”

Laugh, just a step? Your nation is way way waaay behind.

Jihad Jorge typed:
We have enough money to pay for them, even if they were 20.

Laugh, You meant you have enough of borrowed money to pay for them and you meant, you have enough money to pay for them, if you don't pay the bills, include domestic bills.

21 briton (#) Sep 07th, 2010 - 09:52 pm Report abuse
chuckle chuckle
22 jorge! (#) Sep 07th, 2010 - 09:52 pm Report abuse
We have as ever a lot of international reserves and our economy is growing and growing, we could turn you into a cheap s**t if we wanted with our money.

P.S.: How are you doing with socialist Obama?
Are you working on the road to pave them as your president promised? LOL
23 Typhoon (#) Sep 07th, 2010 - 11:14 pm Report abuse
Oh Gawd! gorge is on his drug-induced dreamland trip again.

gorge. You don't have lot of international reserves. You just have money that you are holding back rather than paying your debts.
Your economy may be growing slightly. But your economy is only worth one hundred thousand millionth of what it was worth 30 years ago. You are living on subsidies. And when the Kirchners think they've made enough profit and pull out to live in some palatial mansion somewhere else in the world, you'll find out how poor you really are.
24 Fernando_A (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 07:23 am Report abuse
We're talking about helicopters, this is a neutral article. You're acting like five year olds no one gives a shit.. pretend you're adults and shut up.
25 Zethee (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 07:27 am Report abuse
You are talking about helicopters, clearly the subect changed, deal with it.
26 Fernando_A (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 07:45 am Report abuse
Clearly none of you are capable of holding a normal conversation, not one of you.
You're just here to rant, can't imagine how dysfunctional your lives must be.
-carry on
27 Think (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 09:08 am Report abuse
Bad news for brutish warmongers.
Good news for British people.

Argentina shows its lead again.....
Not only is our economy growing at “Chinese” rates in the midst of the worst economical crisis in the last 80 years...................
Not only do we allow anybody to publish anything they wish (even libel) in our Country..................
We also dismantled our “military apparatus” many years ago........

Time for Britain to learn something..............
28 Zethee (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 12:15 pm Report abuse
“You're just here to rant”
He said, while ranting.

Think, the author of that is the same guy who thinks scrapping the entire armed forces is a good idea.

”Not only do we allow anybody to publish anything they wish (even libel) in our Country“

This isn't something special think, most nations governments allow the media to publish what they like within reason.

”We also dismantled our “military apparatus” many years ago”
You just announced a 50% rise in military spending....
29 Typhoon (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 01:02 pm Report abuse
“Clearly none of you are capable of holding a normal conversation, not one of you.”

Unfortunately, F_A's idea of a normal conversation is where he makes one or more points and everyone agrees with him. People who have a different view, even if they refer to evidence, are slagged off. Typical Argentine psychopath.
30 Zethee (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 01:19 pm Report abuse
He had no objection with changing the subject when he said the belgrano was a war crime, and i proved him wrong. Or any of the other times when he makes rubbish up with no proof to back it up.

Infact he told me to change the subject.

Complains about us ranting yet i constantly see him refering to us as wankers or constantly using vulgar language.
31 Marco (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 03:21 pm Report abuse

Zhethee, is your gun getting smaller?
32 Zethee (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 04:16 pm Report abuse
Not really, I've known about the army loosing upto around 20,000 men for a while. Ground troops are quick to train thats why they are being cut rather than big items which take years to make.

I don't even see the problem with merging the two together, the Paras don't even do jumps now since tech has moved on.
33 avargas2001 (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 04:19 pm Report abuse
good start I wish we had invested in some nuclear defence tactical weapon rather then buying this helicopter, for the same money we could have build this helicopters in Argentina, this was a waste of money, maybe we will wake up and stop wasting money on this worthless chooppers and work on a nuclear defence program.
34 Zethee (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 04:51 pm Report abuse
It's cheaper to buy items rather than to create your own. A nuclear defence program would cost you tens of billions.
35 Typhoon (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 05:33 pm Report abuse
Paras and Royal Marines will NOT be merging. Although, if I were an Argentine, I'd be sh*tting myself if they did.

For the nonce, no South American or Caribbean country can have a nuclear defence program. Except for very deep holes. Any attempt to develop such a program will place them in the same category as Iran.
36 Fernando_A (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 06:23 pm Report abuse
You'd rather bark at each other over and over like idiots, but I'm the psychopath. Yea.. makes sense
And no, I couldn't care less for your approval.. 'typhoon'
37 stick up your junta (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 06:45 pm Report abuse
Can you hear the drums Fernando?
I remember long ago another starry night like this
In the firelight Fernando
You were humming to yourself and softly strumming your guitar
I could hear the distant drums
And sounds of bugle calls were coming from afar
38 harrier61 (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 07:11 pm Report abuse
That's OK, F_A. You don't have it.
39 Typhoon (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 07:15 pm Report abuse
Dammit, you got there before me.
40 briton (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 09:58 pm Report abuse
like slaging off others , and insulting them, still once a prick always a prick, and just like argies they only have a small prick, slagg of all you want, more the little pricks you make , the more a bigger prick you are, Fernando_A, run rabbit run rabbit run run run,
41 Alvaro (#) Sep 08th, 2010 - 10:56 pm Report abuse
Hello from Punta Arenas, Chile.
42 Fernando_A (#) Sep 09th, 2010 - 04:49 am Report abuse
Hola Alvaro, from Rosario, Argentina
Ignore all the crazy comments from the Brits, they've fallen behind on their medication I guess.

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