The Argentine Air Force C-130H fleet is completing its major upgrade with L-3’s Flight II+ avionics suite. While this performance improvement will bring an experienced AAF to the 21st century standard, a replacement although not that urgently is still pending, the aircraft are not getting any younger.
While logic dictates that the reliability and success of the C-130 would tend to look for the most current version of the aircraft, bilateral relations with Brazil and current industrial agreements between the Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) and EMBRAER for components production of the KC-390 would represent a commitment for regional development. Another option most certainly would be the A-400M Atlas, but higher costs of acquisition, operation and restrictions considering the use of UK’s armed forces and the concurring consequences of pending sovereignty talks between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Malvinas islands and other islands of the South Atlantic would make the AAF susceptible to any possible mishaps.
So, this would take two frontrunners to the task, but, which one?