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Argentine Air Force officials cautious of Chengdu FC-1 co-production

25 July 2013
A two-seat model of the Chengdu FC-1 was displayed at the 2013 Paris Air Show, where FAdeA officials said discussions towards the first co-production of a modern Chinese fighter in Latin America had begun, but 'technology transfer' issues were a point of contention. Source: IHS/Patrick Allen

The potential for Argentine co-production of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) FC-1/JF-17 multirole combat aircraft, an initiative by Argentina's Ministry of Defence (MoD) and FAdeA (Fabrica Argentina de Aviones), has raised some concerns among the Air Force command, local sources told IHS Jane's .

A two-seat model of the Chengdu FC-1 was displayed at the 2013 Paris Air Show, where FAdeA officials said discussions towards the first co-production of a modern Chinese fighter in Latin America had begun, but 'technology transfer' issues were a point of contention. (IHS/Patrick Allen)A two-seat model of the Chengdu FC-1 was displayed at the 2013 Paris Air Show, where FAdeA officials said discussions towards the first co-production of a modern Chinese fighter in Latin America had begun, but 'technology transfer' issues were a point of contention. (IHS/Patrick Allen)

Some officials are worried the industrial project, if approved, could derail the potential for acquiring a number of second-hand Dassault Mirage F-1M aircraft from the Spanish government to replace older Mirage aircraft in Argentine service that are due for retirement by the end of the year.

According to sources in Buenos Aires, the number of high performance combat aircraft currently in service with the air force, mainly Mirages and A-4AR Skyhawks, amounts to "fewer than two digits" per type, which is less of a third of the more modern fighter-bombers deployed by neighbouring countries such as Chile or Brazil.



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