I wonder if it would be wiser for the UK to allow the ban to go through.Argentina has been crippled financially by the pandemic, a smaller more affordable aircraft like the M-346FA would make much more sense, although I don't know if that jet also has UK components in it.
Argentina and China signed deal for 20 FC-1 fighter aircraft in order to increase aerial capabilities of the Argentina. The move, which further raised tensions in the South Atlantic last night, follows a three-day visit by President Kristina de Kirchner to Beijing last week, in which Argentina secured 15 economic agreements and significant financial investment to bolster its failing economy.
Su-24 are attack aircraft unlikely Argentina will buy them, but the Su-24s are strikers with long range and air refueling capability able to launch antiship missiles.Argentina and China signed deal for 20 FC-1 fighter aircraft in order to increase aerial capabilities of the Argentina. The move, which further raised tensions in the South Atlantic last night, follows a three-day visit by President Kristina de Kirchner to Beijing last week, in which Argentina secured 15 economic agreements and significant financial investment to bolster its failing economy.
Su-24 Fencers ? for Argentina ? wth. They are no interceptors and old stuff... as if they bought F-111s from USAF or Australia.
The chinese fighter at least makes some sense.
those are indian sources, Argentina has not bought them and it is not very likely they buy them they are broken and the reliability of the JF-17 will be low.like I've said..
the British should have allowed the Golden Eagles to be exported. They have no AShM abilities and probably limited range.
instead it just pushed the Argentinians to a more significant threat.. both in the aircraft and in China's influence.
they can not even buy their own IA-63, today they just adquire oneGiven the Argentine Air Force can't even keep its A-4ARs operational that were upgraded in-country, its open to question how long those JF-17s would remain serviceable when they are reliant on a whole host of spares (airframe, mechanical systems, avionics engine, weapon systems) from Chinese product support.
But yes, Golden Hawks might have been preferable to JF-17s from a UK MoD perspective. It probably was counter productive, but then we'll have to see what actually happens and if the deal goes through.
^ in hindsight, the UK should have allowed the exports of some components that would have led to the approval of the Korean Golden Eagle sale to Argentina. its eagle is a lesser threat than the thunder to UK, and they likely wouldnt have any more budget for another combat aircraft after acquiring it.
There is a bit of a catch in that, usually the names in the budget list are generic, like "supersonic multirole fighter", is strange to see the name in detail unless its an operation that "has some work" behind it.This a *draft* budget proposal, very similar to the one that's been floated for the past decade promising ~$400m USD for 10-12 fighters, being floated by the government of a president that is two years from an election and dealing with one of the most acrimonious bouts of party in-fighting the country has ever seen.
Not to mention the defense budget in Argentina is currently at a paltry 0.7% of GDP, the lowest ever in its history. Don't hold your breath.
is KLJ-7A liquid cooled ?
Looks really clean and simple !
That is from 2018, from memory.
Seems like they've bumped up the specs a bit (you can make out the numbers on the placard in the background), particularly in max A2A range, target tracking number, SAR resolution, and has bulked up a bit to 180kg
Also, it's now mounted on a rotating swashplate. Seems like a nice replacement for legacy mech scanned arrays.
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Its a commission composed by pilots and technical personnel, they were meant to evaluate the aircraft last year, but Covid delayed that matter. So...yeah, the evaluation is being done now.View: https://mobile.twitter.com/LiaWongOSINT/status/1523991328807428097
An Argentine has travelled to China to take a closer look at the JF-17 program.