SOUTHCOM head nominee pledges to work with Argentina to acquire Western warplanes

by Alejandro Sanchez

If confirmed as the next commander of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), US Army Lieutenant General Laura Richardson pledged to have a “whole-of-government approach” to help Argentina acquire Western-made combat aircraft, rather than the Sino-Pakistani PAC JF-17 Thunder being offered by Beijing.

During her nomination hearing on 3 August before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Lt Gen Richardson, nominated to succeed Admiral Craig Faller at SOUTHCOM, was asked by Senator Mark Kelly about her opinion regarding the Argentine Air Force (FAA) potentially acquiring Chinese-designed aircraft to revamp its air fleet.

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If confirmed as the next commander of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), US Army Lieutenant General Lau...

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