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Argentina, Uruguay continue search for new combat aircraft

13th June 2023 - 12:30 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC


Argentina has discussed acquiring the Tejas light combat aircraft with an HAL delegation but any decision is likely to be postponed until after presidential elections in October. (Photo: Indian Air Force)

Argentina has held discussions with India's HAL about acquiring Tejas fast jets and helicopters, while Uruguay awaits funding for an A-37 Dragonfly replacement.

A delegation from India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) visited Buenos Aires between 5-9 June to offer the company's aerial platforms, including the Tejas light multirole combat aircraft and helicopters, the Argentine MoD reported in a 7 June press release.

HAL representatives met with senior defence officials, including Minister of Defence Jorge Taiana, and Brig Gen Xavier Isaac, air force commander. Additionally, they visited the country’s aerospace company Fábrica Argentina de Aviones.

The Argentine Air Force has operated without primary combat aircraft since 2015 when its fleet of Dassault Mirage warplanes was decommissioned. Shephard has reported about potential suppliers in recent years,

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Wilder Alejandro Sanchez


Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

Wilder Alejandro Sánchez is an analyst who covers defense & security, geopolitical, and trade issues …

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