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Bolivia eyes Argentine IA-63 Pampa III light strike jets

21 September 2017

The Bolivian government is considering buying light strike aircraft, riverine vessels, and more from Argentina, military sources in Buenos Aires told Jane's .

Bolivia's main interest is buying between 8 and 12 IA-63 Pampa III light strike aircraft, to be built at Argentina's Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA (FAdeA) factory in Cordoba, the sources said.

The aircraft are to replace recently retired ageing Lockheed/Canadair T-33s, which were heavily used to intercept drug trafficking flights.

According to sources, Bolivia was not satisfied with Chinese HAI K-8W K-8 Karakorum trainer aircraft for intercept missions.

Bolivian-Argentine talks started in July 2017 under a memorandum of understanding signed by both countries in September 2015, and have developed with participation of Bolivian officers and Bolivia's ambassador in Buenos Aires, Normando Alvarez.

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