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Montevideo, May 25th 2018 - 01:30 UTC

Argentina buys five modernized “symbolic” Super Etendard fighter-jets from France

Saturday, May 12th 2018 - 07:07 UTC
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French ambassador Pierre Henri Guignard said that “it is a bit symbolic, they will allow Argentina to continue with Super Etendards, in particular before the G-20” French ambassador Pierre Henri Guignard said that “it is a bit symbolic, they will allow Argentina to continue with Super Etendards, in particular before the G-20”

Argentina has bought five modernized Super Etendard fighter jets from the French National Navy for 12.6 million Euros (US$ 15.1 million). The agreement of the operation between both countries is established as one of the forms of cooperation, says Official Gazette.

 Argentina, which has an obsolete military fleet, is the organizer of important international events during this year. “The agreement of the operation between both countries established as one of the forms of cooperation that the parties will adopt, the acquisition of equipment, systems or of defense technology and logistic support, of its maintenance and of its corresponding training”, said the Official Gazette.

The summit of the Group of 20 industrialized and developing countries (G-20) is held this year in Argentina and Buenos Aires will host, in December, the ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization.

In November 2017, the French ambassador, Pierre Henri Guignard, had indicated in an interview that “it is a bit symbolic, since they are not new devices, but they will allow Argentina to continue using Super Etendard and, in particular before the G-20, to be able to have some devices that are operational.”

Argentina used Super Étendard jet fighter bombers in 1982 during the war of the Falkland Islands against the United Kingdom. Although the Argentine Air Force lost most of its planes during the conflict, Argentine pilots gained praise for their expertise and courage.

 

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  • Marti Llazo

    The media are falsely reporting that a “purchase” has been accomplished.

    The French have insisted that a purchase involve the actual payment of the full amount agreed to, and Argentina, unsurprisingly, has not managed to come up with the tiny bit of money requested, being unfamiliar with the concept. All that has been done is an “agreement” to purchase, not unlike a number of similarly ephemeral, baseless, and ultimately abandoned agreements in the recent past.

    Remember the similar signing of a purchase agreement several weeks ago, which came to naught due to characteristic Argentine non-payment: “Por falta de pago, Francia demora el envío de cinco aviones para la Armada”

    https://www.lanacion.com.ar/2115503-por-falta-de-pago-francia-demora-el-envio-de-cinco-aviones-para-la-armada

    May 12th, 2018 - 02:55 pm +1
  • Jo Bloggs

    Argentina is like that embarrassing in-law every family has. They keep talking loudly at parties and family gatherings about their latest investment ideas and plans to buy a bigger house, even in the presence of the head of the family who quietly sits there with the knowledge that he doesn’t have two sticks to rub together and still owes him £8,000 after the last debacle.

    May 15th, 2018 - 02:52 pm 0
  • Enrique Massot

    I will have to agree with Marti here.

    On this one, Argentina is like a rancher all hat but no cattle.

    May 13th, 2018 - 06:00 am -1
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