Just recently, the Argentine Army Aviation and Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA)’s mechanics have begun to overhaul the AB-206B-1 helicopters received from the Italian Carabinieri a few months ago. The helicopters were out of service for years and became exposed to the open weather once the argentine agreement started to stall and the hangar was vacated. None the less, an agreement was signed and this generated the needed traction for the transfer process to start. Of these 20 aircraft, one is still in Italy which was used to perform on the job training for this overhaul and the other 19, already in Campo de Mayo Airstrip, are being sent in batches to Cordoba for the works to start. 5 of these will be transferred to the Gendarmeria Nacional Aviation Service and the other 15 will remain in the Army.
The Air Force’s process of replacement with Piper Seneca and the replacement of written off Aerocommanders with Cessna Grand Caravan is yet to be determined in another time, accordingly to current debs as for the argentine government’s zero deficit fiscal policy.
This deployment will include KC-135 tankers, C-17 Transports, three early warning aircraft E-3 Sentry and three F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters, with 400 troops.
Almost half of the proposed new airframes for the Argentine Air Force and prospected customers have been already built but there are difficulties to assemble and complete the aircraft
The argentine armed forces have been taking new roles in surveillance for incursions on the Argentine northborder, both Fernandez de Kirchner and Macri administrations identified thiscritical requirement as a needed repurposing of an outdated and ineffective defense system. This being the leitmotiv of Frontera Norte and Integracion Frontera Norte operations, on military support of security forces on border surveillance with drug trafficking and smuggling in mind, from international crime organizations. For this purpose, many requirements for equipment have been submitted and some of them even fielded already. While being seen as an opportunity to a long delayed re-equipment of the armed forces with new and capable hardware, some turn to rejection of these new duties and the loss of military power itself turned to securitization. New radars for ground based short range surveillance have been required and determined by the Argentine Army from 2015 onward.
Finally, Argentina ordered the
last 4 of its first batch of 12 Textron’s T-6C Texan II. While struggling with
pending FMS payments, internal restructuring within the Ministry of Defense
granted the necessary funds to get the program back in action. Originally intended
as C+ versions, argentine Texan II’s are of C version as a setback during FMS
negotiation and delays for Argentinean payments. Having received 8 of 12 intended
aircraft, once the fleet is complete, spares and utilities will be provided
before converting the C into C+ variant. Among these improvements, Argentine
Air Force (FAA), intends to replace the Cobham communications systems to a new version,
other than issued.
Dutch shipbuilder Damen is walking hard in Latin America, about to deliver its first Reformador class frigate to the Mexican Navy and a serious contender in both Brazilian Navy Tamandaré and Colombian Navy PES programs for replacement of Niteroi class and Almirante Padilla class frigates respectively. SIGMA 10514 frigates, reduced in size and displacement but not in performance if the conditions were in place, could replace Peru’s Lupo class frigates and Argentina’s MEKO 360. These 105 meters and a 14 meter beam frigates are cost effective and in a high level of automation alternative. Indonesia and Morocco hold standard versions of these frigates and Mexico ordered a custom improved design with a 2 meter length difference in hold of new equipment and more powerful machinery. Considering the regional particular interest in Reformador class frigates, this article will make an educated guess and comparison with regional requirements and current capabilities.
Argentinean armed forces have deployed recently acquired equipment during the Youth Olympic Games that took place in Buenos Aires from October 6th to October 18th. CBRN ready mobile posts have been set up in strategic points in downtown Buenos Aires, also with C-UAS gear and in alert for possible intrusions or cyberattacks on infrastructure. State sources indicate that Argentina bought 5.2 million dollars in Israel financed equipment. Such software and hardware, for cybersecurity and counter UAS respectively. An undisclosed variant of the ELI-4030, Drone Guard, has been seen in test prior to the development by the Argentine Air Force (FAA).
Riachuelo, first Scorpene class submarine of four to be built
in Brazil is set to be launched in December 14th. Three others will
be built in 18 months each until deliveries are completed in 2023. The first Brazilian
nuclear submarine is expected to be finished in 2028. These submarines are based on the French Scorpene submarine by a partnership between Naval Group and the Brazilian Navy. Built in the Itaguai Naval Complex, Rio de Janeiro state.
Naval Group executed the contract to provide four OPV’s for
the Argentine Navy, the agreement was reached on June 22nd, 2018. Funds are being provided and should begin the construction works for the
vessels in the upcoming weeks. Three of these will be of new construction and
one, in this case the L’Adroit prototype, refitted to argentine specs. L’Adroit was privately funded by the former DCNS (now Naval
Group), evaluated and operated by the French Navy from 2011 to 2018. Improvements required by the customer take focus on the propeller shaft and
transmission will be made in Toulon, before delivery to the Argentine Navy.