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Argentina finishes deal to buy Super Etendards

08 November 2017

After long negotiations, the Argentine and French governments signed a contract for the Argentine Navy to buy five Dassault Super Etendard Modernisé (SEM) aircraft that were retired by French Naval Aviation.

A French Super Etendard is shown here ready to be catapulted from aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Argentina will buy five retired French Super Etendard Modernisé. (Marine nationale)A French Super Etendard is shown here ready to be catapulted from aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Argentina will buy five retired French Super Etendard Modernisé. (Marine nationale)The EUR12.5 million (USD14.5 million) contract includes a simulator and spare engines, and all deliveries are to be completed by December 2017.

Argentina hopes to recover half its fleet of 10 Super Etendards with the 2nd Attack and Fighter Naval Aviation Squadron to provide air protection during a G20 meeting in Argentina planned for late 2018. The air force’s dwindling A-4AR Fightinghawks are viewed as insufficient for that mission.

Three of the SEMs are to be placed in service immediately to re-train the squadron’s pilots on the type, as their Super Etendards have been grounded. The other two SEMs will be cannibalised to recover and modernise Argentina’s grounded Super Etendards.

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