Military Capabilities

Guatemala cancels its Pampa III purchase

17 July 2019

Just nine days after signing an agreement with the Argentine government on 3 July for the provision of two FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III aircraft the Guatemalan government cancelled the order.

Guatemalan Defence Vice Minister General Jorge Ruiz said the Central American country would not proceed with the deal as it currently stands after the opposition party raised concerns about the need for the two trainer/light attack aircraft and the lack of transparency surrounding the deal.

The Public Comptroller of the country has recommended the agreement be cancelled as it has not been approved by the Guatemalan Congress and there has been no public tender.

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