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Argentina buys Uvision loitering munitions from Israel

The Hero-30 weighs 7.7 kg and has a range beyond 15 km. (Janes/Daniel Wasserbly)

The Argentine Ministry of Defense (MoD) on 27 December signed a contract with the Israeli MoD's Directorate of International Defense Cooperation to buy Uvision's Hero-120 and Hero-30 loitering munitions.

Argentine Defence Minister Jorge Taiana and head of the Israeli directorate Yair Kulas signed the contract.

This is the first time a Latin American country has bought Uvision's series of loitering munitions, and is part of a programme launched in 2022 by the Argentine Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff to modernise the country's ammunition over several years. This programme aims to recover stocks of spent ammunition, from small arms to artillery and aviation bombs and rockets, as well as to add new ammunition technology.

While no details of the contract were disclosed by the Argentine MoD, in terms of quantity of systems or the amount of the contract, sources from the ministry told Janes that this is a small batch to start army and marine corps training on loitering munitions. Based on their experiences, a larger buy may be considered, the sources said.

The purchase also includes live and inert munitions for training and observation.

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