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The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina) has opted to acquire 24 ex-Danish F-16A/B MLU fighter jets in a deal valued at $650 million USD. This decision comes after considering offers from India’s LCA-Tejas and China’s JF-17 Thunder.

The ex-Danish F-16s were offered at a significantly lower price point compared to the new-build alternatives. At $14 million per unit, the F-16s were nearly three times less of the price of the offered Tejas and JF-17 jets.

While India’s Tejas and China’s JF-17 are both modern fighters, Argentina’s decision highlights the importance of cost and established reputation in such procurement deals.

The $650 million package includes not just the aircraft but also an arms package valued at $312 million. This armament likely includes air-to-air missiles like the AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM, essential for modern aerial combat.

While India’s Tejas and China’s JF-17 were strong contenders, their bids ultimately fell short in this instance. The lower price point and established reputation of the F-16s likely proved to be decisive factors for Argentina.

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