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Don't cry for me Argentina


Argentine sources have told IHS Jane's that the planned procurement of 16 Dassault Mirage F1M fighters from the Spanish Air Force has stalled and could possibly be cancelled.

Local media reports indicated that the Argentine Air Force (FAA) has begun analysing other options, including second-hand Dassault Mirage 2000s from France or Brazil*, but appears to be leaning towards an Israeli offer of 18 IAI Lahav Kfir Block 60 multi-role fighters for USD500 million, with a possible delivery date some 15 months after a contract signature.


Comment: The deal's cancellation has not been confirmed, but its causes could, if it happens, include a mixture of technical and political concerns.


Note *: Of the twelve Brazilian aircraft, only six were in flight condition. In December 31 were retired. The serial number 4948 went to the museum.
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