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Friday, August 21, 2015

Argentina’s Air Force To Be Left Without Jet Fighters

AT-63 PAMPABy the end of November 2015, Argentina’s Air Force will retire its fleet of Mirage fighters, according to the local web portal El Eco; the nation’s air defense will then be mostly entrusted to domestically-produced FMA IA-63 Pampa training and combat aircraft.

The announcement of the cancellation of the last fighter flight was made on August 13, 2015 during the celebration of the 103rd anniversary of the Argentine Air Force’s Tandil Airbase, the home base of the country’s 6th Aviation Brigade, which is equipped with Mirage fighters.

“According to our Commander Mario Miguel Calleja, our favorite Mirage will fly up to the end of November and we are waiting for the new system and new technologies that can replace it,” the website quotes the commander of Tandil Airbase, Major Pedro Esteban Girardi, as saying. A decision to buy new fighters is still pending.

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