Argentina is looking forward to buying 12 JF-17 Thunder aircraft from Pakistan.
The South American country has allocated around $664 million in its next year’s budget for this purpose.
It is pertinent to note that Argentina has chosen to acquire Pakistan’s Thunder aircraft despite offers from Russia, India, and the United States for different aircraft.
According to Pakistan Strategic Forum (PSF)’s A/O Division, a media outlet focusing on Pakistan’s air defense updates, the 12 JF-17s would include ten single-seater Block IIIs and two dual-seat Block IIIs.
The news outlet added that the planes the South Asian country is providing to the South American country are “supersonic, multirole 4+ generation” fighter aircraft.
These aircraft can perform “combat air control, air interdiction, beyond visual range (BVR) missile integrated battle, long-range maritime strikes, standoff range precision ground strikes, anti-radiation SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses)/DEAD (Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses), and electronic warfare.”
It is pertinent to note that Argentina had initially signed a contract with South Korea to procure 12 FA-50 fighter jets.
However, due to diplomatic pressure from the United Kingdom (UK), the deal was revoked by South Korea.
The UK and Argentina are geopolitical rivals, and ties between the two states have been strained since the 1980s after the latter attacked British Overseas Territories (BOTS) in 1982.
These included the territories of Falkland Islands and its territorial dependency, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI).
This resulted in a ten-week-long war that resulted in a British victory.
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