Royal Danish Air Force F-16A

Argentina and Denmark will sign a contract for the acquisition of 24 F-16 fighters on Tuesday

The ceremony will take place in Copenhagen and would be attended by Argentine president Javier Milei, who canceled his participation after the Iranian attack on Israel

Argentina and Denmark will celebrate on Tuesday, April 16, the acquisition contract for 24 F-16A/B MLU Fighting Falcon fighters in a ceremony in Copenhagen.

The president of Argentina, Javier Milei, was due to participate in the signing, but changed his plans after the Iranian missile and drone attack on Israel on Saturday.

The two authorities had signed a pre-agreement at the end of March, when Poulsen was in Buenos Aires. Milei, in turn, would fly aboard a two-seat F-16B during his official visit, now canceled.


Nine years without fighters

If there are no unforeseen events, the signing of the agreement to acquire Danish fighters will put an end to a long wait of almost nine years for the replacement of the Argentine Air Force’s old Mirage IIIs.

The country retired its last genuine fighter jets in August 2015, but Argentina’s long economic crisis prevented a replacement from being chosen immediately.

Furthermore, the dispute over the Falkland Islands with the United Kingdom in 1982 hindered some potential agreements as the British government does not allow the country’s equipment to be sold to Argentina.

The Argentinian president Javier Milei (Ilan Berkenwald)

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The 24 updated first-generation F-16 fighters will be a huge reinforcement for the Air Force, which has accompanied neighboring countries to modernize their fighter fleets in recent years.

Even so, authorization from the United States will be required to receive weapons for the fighters in addition to necessary renovations at the Tandil air base, where the F-16s will be based.

Argentine Air Force Mirage III
Argentine Air Force Mirage III (Chris Lofting)


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