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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is setting its sights on a potential helicopter deal with Argentina, following the South American nation’s decision to acquire American F-16 fighter jets instead of the Indian Tejas.

This comes after a promising visit in 2022, where a high-level Argentinian delegation led by Lt Gen Juan Martin Paleo, Joint Chief of Staff of the Argentine Armed Forces, toured HAL facilities in Bangalore.

The visit included demonstrations of both the Prachand Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), with Argentinian officials even taking sorties in the helicopters.

While the Tejas deal fell through, HAL remains hopeful that Argentina will choose the Prachand and LUH for its military needs. Negotiations are expected to continue throughout the year, with a potential deal concluding by the end of 2024

Argentina’s interest in the Prachand stems from its advanced capabilities, particularly its suitability for high-altitude operations. The LUH, on the other hand, offers a versatile platform for various utility roles.
If successful, this deal would mark a significant win for HAL in the export market and could open doors for further partnerships with Argentina.

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