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Argentina makes its largest military aircraft acquisition in decades: F-16 fighter jets from Denmark

Tuesday, April 16th 2024 - 16:00 UTC
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“We are equipping our Forces and recovering the country's supersonic capability,” announced Argentina's Ministry of Defense. “We are equipping our Forces and recovering the country's supersonic capability,” announced Argentina's Ministry of Defense.

Argentina has finalized its largest military aircraft acquisition in decades with the purchase of 24 F-16 fighter jets from Denmark, signaling a significant step in bolstering its defense capabilities.

The agreement, signed by Argentina's Defense Minister Luis Petri in Denmark on Tuesday, follows Javier Milei government's commitment to modernizing its military equipment.

Defense Minister Luis Petri expressed the significance of the acquisition, stating, “Today we are finalizing the most important military aeronautical acquisition since 1983. These are 24 F-16 aircraft that have been modernized and equipped with the best technology, and that today are at the level of the best aircraft flying in the skies of the South American region and the world.”

The purchase follows a letter of intent signed in March between the governments of Argentina and Denmark, with Minister Petri and his Danish counterpart, Troels Lund Poulsen, laying the groundwork for the acquisition.

“We are equipping our Forces and recovering the country's supersonic capability,” announced Argentina's Ministry of Defense in March.

Denmark's defense minister, Troels Lund Poulsen, expressed satisfaction at welcoming Argentina into the F-16 family of nations, highlighting the fruitful collaboration between the two countries.

The United States, which facilitated negotiations between Buenos Aires and Copenhagen and approved the sale of the aircraft, celebrated the agreement through its embassy in Argentina and the State Department, welcoming Argentina to the F-16 family of nations.

In addition to the 24 fighters sold to Argentina, Denmark has pledged to donate another 19 F-16s from its fleet to Ukraine, further strengthening international defense partnerships.

The F-16s, designed in the 1970s, have been continuously upgraded over the years to enhance their combat capabilities. Equipped with a 20-millimeter cannon and stations for carrying bombs, rockets, and missiles, these aircraft represent a formidable addition to Argentina's military arsenal.

However, challenges lie ahead in terms of pilot training and maintenance. A U.S. Congressional Research Service report from March 2023 highlights the complexities involved, noting that training maintenance personnel can take months or years to achieve proficiency, while pilot training for combat skills could require years of dedication.

The Argentine Defense Ministry posted on Tuesday a video promoting the adquisition of the fighter jets. “With our Forces in the sky, there is no limit,” the post on social media said. This message is a wordplay, referring to the “forces of heaven” to which President Milei has alluded since the presidential campaign.

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  • FitzRoy

    I think we should send a letter to the UN about them militarising the south Atlantic! Haha! Let's just see how many are still flying in three years time.

    Apr 17th, 2024 - 08:11 am +1
  • Pale Maiden

    And you know very well for what it could be used...

    Apr 16th, 2024 - 06:26 pm 0
  • FortHay

    So, how does this square with the supposed Libertarian's fiscal frugality? Most certainly, the millions of Argentinos lingering in poverty will look up with satisfaction every time supersonic million dollar aircraft roar over head and think: “Ah, well done. Good priorities”

    Apr 16th, 2024 - 06:45 pm 0
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