Military Capabilities

Argentina finally buys five French Super Etendards

14 May 2018

The Argentine government approved a payment of EUR12.55 million (USD15.03 million) to France on 10 May for the purchase of five second-hand Dassault Super Etendard strike aircraft, along with a simulator, eight spare engines, and a large batch of spares and tooling.

The payment had been subject to some delay, since an agreement on acquiring the aircraft had been reached by the two governments by the end of last year.

The Super Etendards will be used to reconstitute the capacity of the 2nd Escuadrilla Aeronaval de Caza y Ataque (2nd Naval Attack Squadron) of the Argentine Navy, which operated Super Etendards from 1981 until 2013, when they were grounded due to a lack of spares.

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