Russia has again approached the Argentine government to offer defense equipment, including military planes for the air force.
The information was released by the InfoDefensa website, which cited a recent meeting between the Russian ambassador to Argentina, Dmitry V. Feoktistov, and the commander of the Argentine Air Force (FAA), Major-Brigadier Xavier Isaac.
According to a statement by the Russian embassy, the meeting addressed “prospects for bilateral technical-military cooperation between the two nations.”
Russia had already started talks during the presidency of Mauricio Macri, but ended up interrupted. The current administration, under President Alberto Fernández, has greater political proximity to the government of Vladimir Putin and other allies such as Nicolás Maduro, dictator of Venezuela, a country that operates Russian aircraft.
In previous negotiations, the air force had requested a batch of 15 MIG-29 fighters and another of Su-30 fighters with 12 units. The Russians are still trying to offer the Yak-130 training jet and Mil Mi-17 helicopters, according to local media.
After a period in which it had a respectable fighter fleet, the Argentine Air Force retired several aircraft such as the Mirage III and the IAI Kfir, but without financial resources it was unable to replenish these losses in the inventory. Currently, the country’s air defense uses only six McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk aircraft adapted for this type of mission.
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Hermanito...Feb 05th, 2021 - 07:56 pm +1
The last thing your lovely mare needs..., is another expensive saddle...
Why don't ya try with some Argie Assertive Authority...?
That usually makes them better rides... ;-)))
The Argentines already have a domestic viable alternative.Feb 04th, 2021 - 11:17 pm 0
The IA-63 Pampa is an advanced jet trainer with combat capability, produced in Argentina by Fabrica Militar de Aviones (FMA)
They don't need another fighter if they are not planning to attack another country.
Well said Chicureo, Argentina cannot afford to Waste Money on something that they don`t need and have No use for ! Russian Military equipment is Notorious for the amount of time and effort it takes to maintain ! just stick with the Pampa.Feb 05th, 2021 - 11:22 am 0