Argentina has reached a deal for 20 Chinese FC-1/JF-17 Thunder fighter jets produced by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation, according to Breitbart News.
The move follows a three-day visit by Argentina's President Kristina de Kirchner to Beijing last week, in which the country secured 15 economic agreements and significant financial investment to bolster its failing economy.
The decision comes after Buenos Aires reportedly abandoned talks with Vladimir Putin to secure 12 Sukhoi Su-24 'Fencer" bombers, capable of reaching Port Stanley.
Thunder fighter jets are capable of carrying a range of weapons including air-to-air missiles and laser guided bombs. The single-seat, single-engine, fighter has a top speed of Mach 1.8 at altitude of 55,000 ft and combat range of 840 miles.
Argentina is likely to buy more Russian Mi-171E helicopters, Russias Ambassador to Argentina Viktor Coronelli said Wednesday. “In 2011, two Mi-171E helicopters, modified for civilian use, were delivered here, which were bought by Argentinas Defense Ministry in order to participate in and support the Antarctic campaigns
Argentina is expected to buy the Chinese Norinco VN1 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) and sign a deal to co-produce the P18 export corvette during a February 3-5 visit of Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to Beijing. According to various media reports, an agreement to be signed in Beijing could include co-production in Argentina of the Norinco VN1 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) and co-operation in building a new ice-breaker, naval tugboats, mobile hospitals, and new warships for the Argentine Navy
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Argentina is reportedly in negotiations with France to purchase 12 F-1 Mirage fighter aircraft and Mirage 2000 and some engines to use for 20 Argentina Pucaras aircraft that are grounded. The context of the acquisition evolved favourably due to the agreement between the two ministers to circumscribe the operation to a "state within state" to avoid intermediaries and take advantage of the new climate of trust established between the two countries
China's new VN12 armored infantry fighting vehicle has taken a cue from Western armored vehicles' design in order to fit more in the international market. The vehicle was redeveloped by China North Industries Corporation to attract more overseas customers, as opposed to the original design based on the Soviet-built BMP-3 which was not popular among foreign buyers, Kanwa Defense Review reported on Wednesday
China is building its second aircraft carrier to extend its military reach amid deepening maritime tensions with neighboring countries, Various media reported on Monday. The ship is being built in a shipyard in the northeastern city of Dalian, where the countrys first carrier, the Liaoning was refitted before going into service in 2012
China will not export J-20, its first fifth generation stealth fighter, Chinese Media quoted US website Strategy Page as reporting. As Chinese Chengdu Aircraft Company has produced J-10 and JF-17 fighters for exports, the decision to keep J-20 for China alone may come as a disappointment to the manufacturer
China will raise its defense budget by about 10 percent this year, compared to last year's 12.2 percent, Xinhua reported Wednesday
China and Pakistan are planning to display a two-seater version of the Xiaolong fighter at Paris Air Show 2015 to be held from June 15-21. Both the nations have plans to introduce the two seater version of FC-1 Xiaolong multirole fighter, also known as the JF-17 Thunder to the overseas market, according to Military Parade
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