Argentina considers buying additional batch of Russian Mi-171E

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Ministry of Defense is considering buying more from Russia multipurpose helicopters Mi-171E.

The amount of helicopters  the Argentine military department can acquire, and when  the contract for the supply of helicopters can be signed  is still unknown. Currently, Buenos Aires has two Mi-171E, bought in 2010 for 22 million euros.

Recall that in May 2012, Russia and Argentina signed a memorandum of understanding, involving the supply of Buenos Aires with additional three multipurpose helicopters Mi-171E and the same amount of Ka-226T. It was assumed that for the purchase of this equipment Argentina will receive Russian export credit. Buenos Aires delayed purchase of helicopters because of a shortage of funds of the defense budget.

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Argentina and UK Falklands spat spiced up by Russian jets

December 29, 2014 14:49 

A Sukhoi jet fighter Su-24. (Reuters/China Daily)

A Sukhoi jet fighter Su-24. (Reuters/China Daily)

The Falkland Islands – a UK overseas territory Argentina lays claim to – have been allegedly reviewing their defenses after news Russia may offer Argentina fighter jets, UK’s Daily Express says in its report.

The deal reportedly involves a lease/lend of twelve Sukhoi Su-24 all-weather attack aircraft, which NATO calls “Fencer A”. The jets will be able to do air patrols over the Falklands’ capital, Port Stanley. According to the tabloid, Ministry of Defense officials fear Buenos Aires will take delivery of the planes well before the 2020 deployment of the Navy’s 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its F-35B fighters, leaving a “real window of vulnerability.”

Up to 1,500 troops, backed by a naval warship that visits throughout the year, are permanently based on the Falklands, along with four RAF Typhoon jets, plus anti-aircraft and artillery batteries.

View of the British military cemetery in San Carlos Village in the Falkland Islands. (AFP Photo/Martin Bernetti)

View of the British military cemetery in San Carlos Village in the Falkland Islands. (AFP Photo/Martin Bernetti)

The Falklands, called ‘Las Malvinas’ by the Argentinians, have belonged to Britain since the 1830s. Argentina insists the islands are theirs by virtue of their proximity to the South American mainland. In 1982 Buenos Aires lost a brief war with Britain over the islands. Under the Constitution, the UK is responsible for the islands’ foreign affairs, retaining the power “to protect UK interests and to ensure the overall good governance of the territory.” Nonetheless, the islands have their own internal government. Last March, Falkland islanders held a referendum, voting by 1,513 to three to remain a British overseas territory. Russia supports Argentina’s bid for direct bilateral talks with Britain on sovereignty of the islands.

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Russia has been developing friendly ties with Argentina since 2010, when it signed a “historic” contract with Buenos Aires and delivered two Mi17 assault helicopters to serve in the country’s national Air Force. The sale was the first time the Argentinean military had bought Russian military hardware.

View of Stanley from Mount Longdon, Falklands. (AFP Photo/Daniel Garcia)

View of Stanley from Mount Longdon, Falklands. (AFP Photo/Daniel Garcia)

President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Argentina in July also helped boost relations between the countries, possibly paving the way for exchanging Russian military hardware for food and goods. Russia banned food imports from the US, along with goods from the EU, Norway, Australia and Canada, after Putin ordered retaliation for sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Buenos Aires needs to replace its depleted fighter fleet. In October, Defense Minister Agustin Rossi announced the purchase of 24 Saab Gripen fighters, which were to have been provided by Brazil. It would have been the first major purchase of new military aircraft by Buenos Aires since the Falklands War three decades ago. However, the deal was called off because some of the jet’s parts were made in the UK.

The Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling rig floats tethered to the sea floor just three days after beginning its contracted well for Rockhopper Exploration a little more than 100 km (62 miles) offshore from the Falkland Islands. (Reuters/Gary Clement)

The Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling rig floats tethered to the sea floor just three days after beginning its contracted well for Rockhopper Exploration a little more than 100 km (62 miles) offshore from the Falkland Islands. (Reuters/Gary Clement)

The seabed around Falklands is believed to contain copious oil reserves. While oil companies have conducted large-scale exploration, exploitation of the reserves hasn’t yet been launched. Tensions between the UK and Argentina escalated in 2010 when a British company began exploring for oil near the Falklands’ waters. Argentina introduced new rules in response, requiring all ships travelling to the Falklands through its waters to have a permit.

Argentina turned her attention to the Israeli jets “Kfir”

15.01.2014 military parity
Argentina is negotiating the purchase of 18 rebuilt and modernized Kfir Block 60 fighters of the Israeli company Israel Aerospace Industries, flightglobal.com reports January 13. Acquisition may be an alternative to the previously planned purchase of 16 Dassault Mirage F1 from the presence of Spanish Air Force

Argentina refuses to buy the Spanish fighters

Argentina refuses to buy the Spanish fighters

08.01.2014 Lenta.ru
 
Argentine Defense Ministry intends to withdraw from the purchase of used 16 Spanish fighters Mirage F1M, Jane’s reports with reference to the Argentine military sources. According to the agency, negotiating the purchase of military aircraft stalled and Argentine military began exploring the possibility of buying other fighters

Argentina purchase 20 Spanish “Mirage”

08/06/2013 Military parity
 
Spain sells fleet of Mirage ( fighter-bombers Mirage F.1 – approx. “VP”) to Argentina for 10 million f.st. (according to other sources, from 132 to 145 million f.st. – approx. “VP”), the British newspaper Portal Express reported . This deal is signed amid the ongoing diplomatic standoff between Argentina and Britain over the disputed Falkland Islands (Malvinas).

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner personally approved a contract that will give the country the opportunity to attack the island with guided laser-guided bombs. Under the contract, Argentina will receive 20 combat aircraft from Air Force base in Albacete in Spain, which will go to Tandill Argentine Air Force Base (located to the south of Buenos Aires).

Army of Argentina got the first modernized tank TAM

Army  of Argentina got the first modernized tank TAM

TSAMTO, March 14. Argentine ground forces were the first tank TAM (Tanque Argentino Mediano), modernized by the Israeli company “Elbit Systems» (Elbit Systems) in the enterprise Argentine army, said “Infodifensa.”

In 2010, Argentina’s Ministry of Defense has decided to hold a deep modernization of tanks TAM. In April 2012, Argentine Army and “Elbit Systems” signed an agreement for the supply of equipment for modernization of tanks TAM.
TAM tank was developed in 1973 by the German company “Thyssen-Henschel” for army of Argentina on chassis BMP “Marder” and produced by “Tanque Argentino Mediano Sociedad del Estado» (TAMSE), which in 1996 was eliminated. The first tanks were handed Argentine army in 1980. They replaced the old “Sherman.”