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Monday, March 02, 2015

Argentine technical mission to China to assess the purchase of jet fighters

J-10B Vigorous DragonIt's official: in the coming weeks a technical delegation from Argentina's Air Force will be travelling to China to assess the convenience of purchasing Chinese jet fighters to replace the obsolete French made Mirages. Only a month ago president Cristina Fernandez was in Beijing where she sealed an “integral strategic alliance” with China.

Negotiations remain secret but according to Argentine sources the purchase could range between 14 and 20 aircraft, basically the FC-1/F-17 'Thunder' which is manufactured by Chendu Aircraft Corporation in association with Pakistan.

The single engine fighter is considered modern, affordable for developing countries, and has been tested in combat.

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