SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Ambassador Dinesh Bhatia recently met Chief of Joint Staff of the Argentina Armed Forces-Teniente General Juan Martin Paleo as a follow-up meeting after his recent trip to India where he and his team visited the Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL) facility in Bengaluru to check out LCA-Tejas, LCH, and LUH.
A top-level Argentinian delegation also had visited the recently concluded DefExpo 2022 in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar as both countries continue to explore new partnerships in the defense sector.
Argentina is looking to procure 12 fighter jets for its airforce and is looking to procure 20 more that will be locally assembled under CKD (Completely Knocked Down) licensing agreements. Argentina has received bids from China for its JF-17 fighter jets with Domestically powered WS-13 engines, F-16 from America, and LCA-Tejas from India.
As the Argentine Air Force desperately looks to acquire a new fighter, It has been absolutely clear that it doesn’t want any British-origin components in its jets since both Argentina and the United Kingdom are engaged in a territorial dispute over the ownership of the Falkland Islands
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