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Argentina and US reestablish defense links after a nine-year freeze

Thursday, May 19th 2016 - 06:50 UTC
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Argentina and the United States are in the process of reestablishing strong defense links after a hiatus of seven years following this week's visit to the Pentagon of a high profile delegation from the ministry of defense which addressed several issues of mutual interest and common strategies. Read full article


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  • MK8 Torpedo

    The Northrop F-5 FFS!
    First flight 1959.

    May 19th, 2016 - 07:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. One should not discount the F-5. It is still being operated, with modernised avionics and other improved systems, by the US Navy and Marine Corps. Although the two squadrons involved are adversary squadrons, i.e. for training purposes.

    May 19th, 2016 - 07:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MK8 Torpedo

    Used for years by the USAF aggressor squadrons.

    Flown by them against Sea Harriers in about 1981.

    IIR the kill ratio was in the order of 6 to 1 in favour of the Harrier.

    May 19th, 2016 - 08:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    The F-5N would be adequate for local defence in Argentina against aircraft of the same vintage. It is still being used for adversarial training by the USN/USMC mainly in the dog-fighting role. They are flown by the most experienced pilots who are tactically aware and can get the last ounce of performance from them.
    However much it is upgraded, it is still no match against current modern fighters.
    Northrop produced an updated version -the F-20- which politics killed off as it seriously challenged the F-16 and bettered it in some aspects.
    I met the chief test pilot, Daryll Cornell, when he brought the first aircraft into Prestwick ,staging to Farnborough. He showed me round the aircraft and I got to sit in the cockpit. He had also flown the F-16 and said that the F-20 could out climb, out maneuver the F-16 and was cheaper to buy.
    The export potential for a cheap fighter would have been huge but the USAF wanted the F-16 and if the F-20 had been purchased to complement it, the unit cost would have gone up.

    May 19th, 2016 - 10:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    So what are they going to use for money to pay for this Dad's Army approach to re-armament, soy?

    I wonder if the US will dump some short dated 7.62x51 NATO for them to use in the fully auto SLR's?

    Anybody watch 'Madame Secretary'? isn't the title “Deputy Assistant Secretary” given to the secretarial staff in the outer office? Is Obummer taking the piss I wonder?

    May 19th, 2016 - 11:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Poor Argentina!

    May 19th, 2016 - 04:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    Brarsehole - Argieland, your country Nostril. Poor Brazil, Poor Venezuala etc etc etc.

    Poor South America. You never learn, socialism sucks, corrupt polictricians usually get caught. Both ladies are sunk. I Think.

    May 19th, 2016 - 06:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Trouble with the Americans is,
    they have a habit of giving million and sometimes billions to undeserving countries, if it is in their interests,

    and Obama has already given his blessing to Britain to be chained and shackled to the EVIL EMPIRE,

    so it may well be in Americas interest if Britain disappears down the plug hole,

    already others are sticking the knife in, even before we become slaves of the apocalypse, Gibraltar as a small sample,

    Gibraltar vote ‘could swing EU referendum’

    That we are of a single mind to remain within the EU and that should we be forced to leave because of the result, we expect you, we oblige you to look after our best interests, that is the view of all the people of Gibraltar

    once in a lifetime opportunity to push the British Government for concessions over Gibraltar, does anyone believe that they won’t try their utmost to apply pressure, effectively holding the British Government to ransom?”

    perhaps I just totally miss read it.

    On the other hand june 23rd could be a leave vote and freedom for all Brits, who will carry on regardless,

    just an opinion now .

    May 19th, 2016 - 07:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Look! We are saved!
    Last time a president did what Macri is doing now was the called “carnal relations” with the States by Carlos Menem in the 1990s. We all know how it ended.
    Macri's enthusiasm and Obama's visit are all symptomatic. Gringos will be gringos, and we all know who in Argentina are the pro-gringos.

    May 19th, 2016 - 07:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Yeah it could be worse...imagine living with Gringos...
    Who would do that...I ask you....

    May 19th, 2016 - 10:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Gringos...crisps perhaps.

    May 20th, 2016 - 07:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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