“Argentina will likely buy 12 JF-17 Thunder planes from Pakistan”
The Argentine government is considering acquiring 12 JF-17A Block III fighters in Pakistan and has set aside $ 664 million in funding for the purchase of the aircraft, according to reports.
According to UK Defense Journal, a website focused on defense issues, the Argentine government “has officially included $ 664 million in funding for the purchase of 12 PAC JF-17A Block III fighters in Pakistan in a 2022 budget proposal. presented to its Parliament ”. .
The decision to buy the plane jointly built by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and Chinese company Chengdu Aircraft Corporation came after South Korea refused to sell the planes to Buenos Aires last year due to British pressure, according to the report.
Similarly, Sweden’s Saab AB in 2015 ruled out facilitating the sale of Gripen fighter jets to Argentina following an agreement to build and export fighter jets from Brazil, Reuters reported. at the time.
It can be noted here that Great Britain imposed an embargo on Argentina after the Falklands War in 1982, hampering the sale of military equipment to Argentina. A former Argentine defense minister last year called the decision British “imperial pride”.
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However, it remains to be seen whether the deal with Pakistan will come to fruition due to the JF-17 ejection seat built by a British company – Martin Baker.
An article from MercoPress, the South Atlantic news agency, said Argentina’s Air Force is almost grounded because, in addition to the more than 50 planes lost in the Falklands conflict, it has failed has not been able to replace them, either for financial reasons or the British embargo.
What is the JF-17?
The JF-17 Thunder is a multi-role, single-engine fighter aircraft jointly developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation of China. The builders say the JF-17 can be used for multiple roles, including interception, ground attack, anti-ship and aerial reconnaissance.
58% of the JF-17 airframe, including its forward fuselage, wings and vertical stabilizer, are produced in Pakistan, while 42% are produced in China, with final assembly taking place in Pakistan.