Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Argentina F-16 Troubles
AIRFORCES Inc. Reports: December 23, 2007: (Miami) - Latin Airforces, Inc. has learned from our internal contacts within Argentina's Air Force that Argentina is no longer considering the F-16 to replace some of it's older fighter aircraft.
This started as the result of a US accusation that the Venezuelan government provided political campaign donation for Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Fernandez publicly criticized the US for trying to spoil her new presidency and promised to keep a closer tie with her Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez. (not a slick move Miss. President)
The last time U.S. fighter aircraft were acquired by the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina or FAA) was in the 1990s when they received A-4M Skyhawks (known as A-4AR Fightinghawks.) (also see November 2007 blog titled: Argentina Air Force, Latin America first Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Operator).
Buenos Aires press revealed that two months ago representatives from Israel's air and space industry visited Buenos Aires offering an upgraded, multipurpose model of the US manufacture F16. The French are also under consideration. Recently, a special envoy from French president Nicolas Sarkozy reiterated the offer from the previous administration of President Jacques Chirac: 12 Mirage 2000 for a total price of 90 million Euros.