Military Capabilities

Keeping Argentine A-4ARs airworthy will challenge maintenance lines

17 February 2017

Argentina's decision to postpone buying new combat aircraft until 2018 and have the Argentine Air Force keep some Lockheed Martin (McDonnell Douglas) A-4AR Fightinghawks flying in the meantime will be a difficult logistical goal, sources in Buenos Aires told Jane's.

To keep 12-14 of the air force's A-4ARs airworthy, as the government has asked, will require significant effort including many hours at the workshops for maintaining and repairing engines, which likely means not all aircraft will be available for operations concurrently. Local sources expect only six to eight aircraft will be airworthy at any given time while the others undergo maintenance.

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