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Argentina signs with Denmark to purchase 24 F-16 fighters

The president Argentine, Javier Mileicelebrated this Tuesday the signing of an agreement for the purchase of 24 F-16 fighter jets accustomed to the Danish army, after witnessing the event at the Danish air base via video conference Skrydstrupin the south of Denmarkwhere his Minister of Defense had traveled, Luis Petri.

Dear Luís, this task we are carrying out is only possible because I am accompanied by a team of great people, great human beings and extremely talented people.“, said Milei addressing Petri, according to a video posted on the social network Argentine presidency.

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This is also possible thanks to this wonderful cabinet of which you are part. Thank you very much and, if applicable, the libertarian harangue: long live freedom, damn it!” he added.

Argentine Defense Minister Luis Alfonso Petri arrives in a Danish F-16 plane at Skrydstrup airport, where he is scheduled to meet his Danish counterpart Poulsen, in Jutland, Denmark, on April 16, 2024. (Photo EFE/EPA/ BO AMSTRUP )

The president would personally travel to Denmark to meet the Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksenand celebrate the signing of the agreement even while co-piloting one of the fighter jets, but Milei suspended his visit to the Nordic country as a result of the attack Will against Israel.

You are transforming the country, you are taking Argentina out of decades of decadence and you are taking the flags of freedom to every corner of the world and this is also felt and resonates here in Denmark“, praised Javier Milei the Minister of Defense in a hangar with a fighter jet behind him.

Luis Petriwho signed the agreement with his Danish counterpart, Troels Lund Poulsenhighlighted during the event that the purchase of F-16 fighters Represents “the largest military aeronautical acquisition since 1983” for Argentinaas reported by the Argentine government in a statement.

With these new aircraft we take an important step in our defense policy, recovering the supersonic capacity of our aviation and achieving the definitive entry of our Air Force to the technological challenges of the 21st century”, stated Petri.

The minister also highlighted that “Argentina is beginning to regain its aerial sovereignty and Argentine society is better protected against all the threats that put us to the test.”.

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These F-16 combat aircraft will be the backbone of Argentina’s air defense system, a mission that the Mirage aircraft until its deprogramming.

The F-16 system acquired from Denmark includes single-seat units, two-seat units for advanced pilot training, weapons and support equipment.

These fighters have characteristics of multipurpose aircraft with air-to-air and air-to-ground combat functions.

The agreement provides for the delivery of four flight simulators, eight engines and spare parts for the aircraft with a five-year warranty.

Furthermore, the contract provides for the training of pilots and mechanics who will work on this weapons system.

The transaction has an approximate cost of 2.1 billion Danish crowns, in exchange, 280 million euros or 260 billion Argentine pesos, according to data from the Danish Ministry of Defense.

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I am very pleased that the Danish F-16s, which have served us very well over the years and have been well maintained and technologically updated, will be used by the Argentine Air Force.”, declared Poulsen, according to a statement.

With the agreement, we strengthen defense cooperation between Denmark and Argentina, while Argentina becomes part of the global F-16 family″he added, after remembering that Denmark is about to replace its fleet with new F-35 models.

Denmark explained that the sale had been negotiated in close coordination with the Government of washingtonwhich approved the transaction of American-made fighters.

Source: Elcomercio

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