Saturday, February 16th 2013 - 20:25 UTC

Argentina supplies Antarctic base by air with contracted Russian aircraft

The Argentine Ministry of Defence announced it had successfully finished the supply of provisions to the Antarctic Base Belgrano II, the most austral of the country’s outposts. The two-week operation in nine legs, depending on weather conditions, was done by air parachuting provisions.

The Russian Ilushyn delivering provisions by parachute

“Although the re-supply of the Base Belgrano II is an annual operation, during the summer months of the Antarctica Campaigns, every two years the provisioning demands greater volumes of food, fuel and other inputs to ensure an ample supply for all the staff working in the base”, said a Defence release.

In that framework and with the purpose of complying with the support logistics “the Ministry contracted for the job a Russian aircraft, Ilushyn given its ample load capacity and autonomy” adds the release.

“The load is parachuted from the aircraft and has a 50 centimetres shock-absorbing lining which helps to mitigate the impact as well as the deep snow blanket”. This is followed by special snow and ice track vehicles waiting to load and transport the provisions to the Base.

Currently there is a permanent staff of 19 in the Argentine base, most of them involved in scientific research, under the command of Army Captain Mario Kuntzler.

The release also points out that for this Antarctic campaign, the 109th for Argentina, a Joint Operational Command from the three forces coordinates all supply operations to all Argentine bases and stations, as well as the logistics support to the scientific activities in the outposts.

Finally, Argentina currently has six bases involved in all year round activities in the Argentine Antarctic Sector and they are: Orcadas, Marambio, Carlini (exJubany), Esperanza, San Martín and Belgrano II; plus seven stations of seasonal acitivities: Brown, Matienzo, Primavera, Cámara, Melchior, Petrel and Decepción.

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1 golfcronie (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 09:23 pm Report abuse
Why Rusian planes ?
2 MrFlagpole (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 09:25 pm Report abuse
Belgrano II.

Well good luck with that.
3 LEPRecon (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 09:26 pm Report abuse
Because none of the Argentine planes can survive the journey, due to underfunding and lack of maintenance.

Russian planes are equipped to handle the cold, however their safety record is only marginally better than the Argentine aircraft.
4 MrFlagpole (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 09:36 pm Report abuse
You clearly can't afford this kind of indulgence. Maybe we could buy it off you.... Pay you a shiny US$
5 Pirate Love (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 10:34 pm Report abuse
When the argentine airforce heard their government wanted them for a drop-off mission in the south atlantic they became understandably nervous and all took sick at the same time, leaving crustina one choice contract another foreign aircraft...Yet again! while her people live on peanuts a day! amazing!
I hope them ruskies to cold hard dollar, screw that peso bullsh*t it would take a dozen more planes just to haul that sh*t back to russia.
6 golfcronie (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 10:52 pm Report abuse
My understanding is that AR sent pregnant women to the Antartic, perhaps that is the nappie run.
7 andy65 (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 11:51 pm Report abuse
Dam, I said recently Crissy Kirchner will start the death flight up soon
8 Nostrolldamus the 10th (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 02:21 am Report abuse
9 Bellisima (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 02:23 am
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10 Nostrolldamus the 10th (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 02:27 am Report abuse
The UK is nothing but a parlamentary police state sadly. Cameras all over the place spying on you, phones and computers tapped at will, banks setting interest rates artificially high, politicians colluding with business to screw the small man... basically the average person there has very little privacy or recourse against any malfeasance. Thus the bankers and politicians can do basically whatever with impunity.
11 Anglotino (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 03:07 am Report abuse
I see the trolls are deflecting again! It is interesting that Argentina has to rely on Russian aircraft and ice breakers.

Australia's Governor-General actually easily flew down to Antartica for the day recently. It was that easy to pop down and come home again.

It was easy because of the regularly scheduled flights using a A319.

It also helps that we don't rely on hiring Russian icebreakers. Which reminds me, nearly six years since the ARA Almirante Irízar caught fire..... building a new one would have been quicker.

It's only taking 7 years to build the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier but 4.5 years and counting to 'repair' an icebreaker.
12 Sussie.US (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 03:12 am
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13 Nostrolldamus the 10th (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 03:26 am Report abuse
Do these Americans, Europeans, and Australians that come to this website to actually believe we will think more highly of them for desperately rubbing their supercilious jactitations of superiority in our faces? Of how they are so much better than Argentina?

It makes them look pathetically pitiful.
14 Troy Tempest (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 04:06 am Report abuse

You deserve each other.

15 agent999 (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 08:40 am Report abuse
they are each other !!!!
16 Steveu (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 08:43 am Report abuse
@15....but only at weekends!
17 reality check (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 09:27 am Report abuse
I will remember that the next time I go abroad and have to apply to take money with me.
18 Clyde15 (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 09:57 am Report abuse
I have lost the thread here !
What do your remarks have to do with a contract for Russian aircraft supplying an Antarctic base. I really don't think that it is a big deal. The Russians have aircraft and expertise that the Argentinians do not have. It's a commercial transaction. End of story !
19 Frank (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 10:05 am Report abuse
' said a Defence release....
...under the command of Army Captain Mario Kuntzler.'

Looks like the RGs are militarising Antarctica........

20 ManRod (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 10:47 am Report abuse
what's next? Asking LAN Chile for it?
21 yankeeboy (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 11:20 am Report abuse
CFK has a lot of nerve asking people to stay at bases they can't supply, sail in boat that sink and fly in planes that crash all due to poor maintenance.
It is shameful.
22 reality check (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 11:54 am Report abuse
I wonder, did they drop a para-midwife?
23 Conqueror (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 12:16 pm Report abuse
@19 I agree. This is definitely the argies militarising Antarctica. HMS Protector will be visiting, unexpectedly, to check. Any refusal by the argies to comply with the terms of the treaty should be taken the UN! The equipment carried by Protector and her helicopter should be able to locate any argie hidden equipment.
24 Falkland Islands (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 12:26 pm Report abuse
Currently there is a permanent staff of 19 in the Argentine base, most of them involved in scientific research, under the command of Army Captain Mario Kuntzler.
So some of them appear to be scientists, what are the others? the science bit is the coverup!
25 Brit Bob (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 12:52 pm Report abuse
'Belgrano Two'

Where's Belgrano one?
26 Pirate Love (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 01:55 pm Report abuse
@25 in permanent station but has more of a submarine role these days, more proof of argentina militarizing the south atlantic even to this day!
27 Martin Woodhead (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 02:59 pm Report abuse
13 Yes we do
Its nice to have someone as pathetic and harmless as argentina to look down on.
Most of the other 3rd world nightmares cause real problems.
Argentina is the comedy option.
28 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 04:09 pm Report abuse
#13 Nosi “how they are so much better than Argentina? ”

1- We all pay back borrowed money
2-The governments are pervasively corrupt
3-The governments work to better their society, not the head of state
4-They all trade “relatively” fair
5-They do no “steal” private assets (expropriate), If the USA does, it's called Eminant Domain and they have to pay FMV and replacement costs and it can only be for the public good.....highways, power plants etc.
5-They all play better in the sandbox than Rgentina

Stop diverting nostril, you really are changing for the worse as Rgentina sinks deeper and deeper into the abyss. Deal with the fact the the kirchner's took a band aid approach to stop the bleeding of a arterial cut. They only way to stop yet ANOTHER Rgentina crash, collapse, nose dive is to get back in the the worlds graces and play right. There are three or four world's pariahs there and Rgentina will soon be vying for the pole position with N.Korea at there correct rate. You are too young and naive to know what a world of shit feels like but ask around, they will tell you because it's coming.
29 Nostrolldamus the 10th (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 04:25 pm Report abuse

Yes we want to engage with a world were the average person has the same approach to us as you, yankeeboy, Anglotino, @27, Xect, Conqueror, Troy_tempest, etc.

Yes, that will be such a positive for Argentina.
30 reality check (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 04:34 pm Report abuse
You don't want to engage with the world, you want to take the world for all you can get, but the worlds finally wised up and told you to sod off.
31 Troy Tempest (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 05:04 pm Report abuse

“Yes we want to engage with a world were the average person has the same approach to us as you, yankeeboy, Anglotino, @27, Xect, Conqueror, Troy_tempest, etc.”

Aww, who didn't get his Dulce de Leche this morning?

Stop diverting @13, and stop crying.

It WILL be awful, much worse than you can imagine - and you put yourselves there.

I would say, from the comments on here, that everyone is tired of your bleating, and your bleating about yourself.

You no longer have an audience you can manipulate.

Feel sorry for yourself. We don't care.
32 Tim (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 05:23 pm Report abuse
6 golfcronie (#) Children have already been born there, part of the Argentine way of reaffirming their claim on that “cheese-cut” piece of Antartica that they claim as theirs. Jus Solis and all that.
33 ChrisR (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 05:54 pm Report abuse
Inspiring names these argies think up: Belgrano II.

Ha, ha, ha.

I am inspired to LMAO.
34 Nostrolldamus the 10th (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 06:35 pm Report abuse
I don't need any audience, as far as I'm concerned you can all dissappear tomorrow, your nations too, and I won't be moving any insides for it.
35 Pirat-Hunter (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 06:43 pm Report abuse
Russians are good people. If anyone deserves this contract is them. The english can go and milk a horse. I was hoping Argentina will continue our presence in Antarctica Argentina. And I am hoping the permanent camp will continue to grow. As Malvinas does do to our continued international pressure. Good Job CFK keep up the good work.
36 surfer (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 07:00 pm Report abuse
What the hell are these Arg pirates doing on Antactica? We should be very wary of this 21st century colonialist nation.
37 Troy Tempest (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 07:40 pm Report abuse

“I don't need any audience, as far as I'm concerned you can all dissappear tomorrow, your nations too, and I won't be moving any insides for it.”

Sadly though, you are addicted to punishing yourself on MercoPress for attention, like a whore on crack.

38 Tim (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 08:05 pm Report abuse
37 Troy Tempest (#) I just love that expression of yours “like a whore on crack”. Never heard it before!!!
39 Nostrolldamus the 10th (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 08:19 pm Report abuse

Yeah, he's heard that one all his life.
40 Shed-time (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 08:55 pm Report abuse
Ah, the yearly container full of pregnant women and weapons.
41 yankeeboy (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 08:57 pm Report abuse
Toby, There are a lot of sci-fi books with the premise that the USA fails due to a natural disaster. You should read some of them. I think you would find them very interesting.
BTW if not for the USA one of your lovely neighbors or maybe a large nation that needs a steady food supply would be in BA in a couple of days of the USA disappearing and The Argentinian Armed Forces couldn't do a thing about it.
It would probably be the best thing that ever happened to Argentina too.
A benevolent overlord that would get rid of corruption, teach you to be honorable and have a good work ethic.
42 Nostrolldamus the 10th (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 09:08 pm Report abuse

The USA can't stop a fly, the only successful campaigns the USA has managed in the last 50 years are Panama and Grenada... you must be so proud.
43 yankeeboy (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 09:18 pm Report abuse
Yeah OK
Did the RG AF pilots make it without injury after the last crash?
How many jets do yo have left now 4-5 that actually fly?
Ships? 1-2 that aren't sinking?
Bullets? Nah

Chile would love to get Mendoza
44 Britworker (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 09:44 pm Report abuse
Militarising the South Atlantic very very very soon, isn't she looking beautiful already!
45 Nostrolldamus the 10th (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 09:50 pm Report abuse

But they can't so... if grabbing land was so easy, how come you are going bankrupt trying to hold on to Afghanistan? hahahaha
46 Troy Tempest (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 11:48 pm Report abuse
@43 Yankeeboy

“Chile would love to get Mendoza”

Hey Yank, just what I was thinking.

With all the arrogant taunting and threatening the Argentinians have done over the years, Chile is just waiting for the right moment.

Wouldn't it be ironic if Argentina were to finally complete that fantasy tunnel to Chile that a certain provincial has been bragging about - just to have Chilean forces pour through to Mendoza, unopposed?? :-)
47 yankeeboy (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 12:40 pm Report abuse
Oh Toby you are so wrong as usual.

Chile could take Argentina any time they wanted, parts of it or all of it at their discretion and there is absolutely nothing Argentina could do about it.

Militaries are not just for defense.
48 slattzzz (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 09:27 pm Report abuse
chile could smack rg arse anytime they wanted. keep an eye on your back door rgenweener people are getting bored of your lies, rhetoric, threats and general shite the time will come

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