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Argentina denies purchase of Russian aircraft but admits the Chinese option

Friday, March 27th 2015 - 07:23 UTC
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Argentina 'never had in consideration' the possibility of purchasing fighter aircraft from Russia, such as the Sukhoi Su-24, to replace the aging French Mirages to be decommissioned by the end of the year, said Defense minister Agustín Rossi. Read full article


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  • Englander

    Argentina must continue to keep the UK fully informed with regard to its future military purchases.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 08:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • falklandlad

    Ha, Rossi is squealing not that his Govt's intentions were exposed by the UK. Pathetic little belligerent people.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 09:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Crackpot

    So, he has denied that Argentina was planning to buy Su-24sfrom Russia,. Fair enough, as nobody ever suggested that they would “buy” them.
    However, he not not denied that they had plans to “lease” the planes, which is what the original story implied.
    The details of the “proposal from France” should be interesting.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 10:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    France is trying to off load its old F1s which possibly why the spanish deal was scuppered.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 12:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    For gosh sakes how many of these rumors have we heard over the last few years? 10? 15?
    It makes no difference what they buy if they can't afford the fuel to train or parts or or or or

    Silly Rgs are just dreaming.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 12:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    air fix industries have offered time and time again to supply Argentina with all that it requires ,

    All in scale modal form,
    what the hell does CFK want for a hundred Squid , chips as well ??

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 01:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Will the UK be taking this to the UN?

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 02:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    No STARSTREAK should be able to take them out. Only MACH 3.5 though.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 03:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @2. But the Su-24s only came to light in December. The Russians probably researched the genetic modifications, chemicals and so forth. I wonder if Putin already takes those Monsanto 'growth' hormones?
    @8. Starstreak? I think not. It's a man-portable weapon. Where are all the guys going to stand on the deck of a destroyer. As matters stand, the future is CAMM (Common Anti-air Modular Missile). Three variants. Air, Land and Maritime. Only said to be Mach 3 though. Will that be enough? I don't think there's an aircraft amongst those the argies are 'considering' that could get away from a CAMM. Britain will be introducing the Sea Ceptor (CAMM(M)) into service in 2016. To be fitted to Type 23 frigates and, of course, Type 26 frigates. Sea Ceptor missiles mean that there will be four times as many as Sea Wolfs.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 04:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    FADEA news release

    “Directors of the Argentina aircraft factory Fabrica Argentina de Aviones SA [Fadea] have announced plans for significant revival of the company, by the purchase of all intellectual and design rights from Italy to build the famed Breda ba.88 Lince, as its primary fighter attack bomber, to be known as IA-15 whose first completion will be ready by early 2017. This aircraft will allow pilots to pass training in the mentor to the Pampa IA-63, an advanced trainer aircraft, receiving the modernization of its engine and avionics, to make it competitive in the new global aviation.”

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 05:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (10) Wrong Italian plane, hermanito Shileno...

    Tulio and I agree that we should focus our efforts on the further development of the Macchi-Castoldi M-C 72 concept...

    Still the fastest on Earth.... (on her class ;-)

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 07:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    TDC is like the virginal girl we all experienced when we were young.

    First she said she would but got cold feet when it came to getting her knickers off.

    Then all her mates did it, liked it and couldn't get enough of it, but still she held back.

    Then you dumped her and the last thing you heard was she never married.

    TDC, always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

    Ha, ha, ha.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 07:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo


    Never saw a picture of the Macchi-Castoldi M-C 72 concept until your post. Interesting airplane! I did however see hanging from the ceiling at the Smithsonian a WWII Macchi fighter. Susposedly considered one of the best.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 08:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Considering Argentina hasn't mastered how to build a washing machine that doesn't catch fire or electrocute you I wouldn't be too concerned about them engineering something that is supposed to fly.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 09:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 1 yb

    I think we should positively encourage it.

    The more the argies kill of their own the less risk to the Falklands.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 09:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Hope they accept the British Martin Baker ejection seat in the Thunder as it's going to be useful.

    Mar 29th, 2015 - 11:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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