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Argentina seeks helicopters and receives new OPV with Antarctic ops in mind

23rd April 2021 - 14:01 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC

A tender will open next month as the Argentine Navy seeks to buy two second-hand helicopters to enhance its Antarctic capabilities — but financial constraints remain.

The Argentine Navy is taking steps to enhance its capabilities to operate in Antarctica by procuring two second-hand Sea King helicopters. It also recently received a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) built by French shipyard Naval Group. 

The two Sikorsky Sea King SH-3 helicopters will be delivered to the Comandante Espora Air Base in Buenos Aires province for use in future Antarctic operations and SAR missions, according to documents published online by the Argentine Naval Logistic Mission in Washington DC. 

A public tender will open on 14 May.

Budget constraints appear to be the main reason why a pair of

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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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