SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) officials along with Indian Ambassador Dinesh Bhatia have met the Chief of General Staff of the Argentine Air Force, Brigadier General Xavier Julián Isaac, and General Guillermo Pereda, Chief of General Staff of Argentina Army to explore bilateral cooperation through exchanges & training between defense forces of two Strategic Partners, India & Argentina.
idrw.org has been told that in Two top-level engagements HAL officials pitched for the sale of LCA-Tejas Mk1 aircraft and later in the day senior Argentina air force officials were also given an official briefing about the aircraft on offer.
India and Argentina have confirmed that the HAL-manufactured LCA-Tejas combat jet has been offered to the Argentinian air force (FAA) for which HAL officials have now given a formal invitation to Argentinian officials to visit the HAL facility for the Technical evaluation of the jet.
A delegation of pilots and technicians might travel to India to evaluate the capabilities of the LCA-Tejas sometime in February on the sidelines of Aero India 2023 as they have been invited to come to Aero India 2023.
Earlier this year Argentine delegation visited the CATIC (China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation) facilities, located in the city of Chengdu to become familiar with the JF-17 Thunder on offer, and a few weeks back also visited the production facility in Pakistan.
Argentine Air Force has been offered Israeli second-hand Kfirs, second-hand F-16A/B MLU of Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF), Russian MiG-35, Indian LCA-Tejas, and Sino/Pakistani JF-17.
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