La Fayette frigates for the Argentine Navy?

Since the reported issues on to maintain
and operate their current MEKO 360H2 frigates, it was come to the knowledge of
the Argentine Navy that the logistics of the Rolls Royce Olympus and Tyne
marine turbines is set to be discontinued within 24 months. This has come to
affect current frigates of Argentina, Brazil and Chile navies. Such Almirante
Brown class frigates have never had any comprehensive upgrades and both an
engine replacement and these systems replacements can come both too expensive
and too late. Recent publications have disclosed the fact that the French Marine Nationale has chosen to withhold two La Fayette class frigates, out of five, from being upgraded considering that expects a new class of frigates to replace this class. A quarter of century ago, these frigates were among the first to present a “stealth” design.

A defense covenant by the argentine general election frontrunners is needed

The results of the argentine open
general primaries have provoked a massive turmoil with both financial and
political consequences. The argentine currency collapsed by 25%, with a massive
increase on the default risk rating by Fitch even when this was a big poll with
no actual binding consequences to the frontrunners, in this case Alberto
Fernandez and the in-office President Mauricio Macri. An important and yet inconclusive
difference in favor to Alberto Fernandez will put the pressure in Macri’s
administration which has less than 60 days to produce results, or for his rival
to fail before the October 27th general election. To guarantee calm
in both the argentine people and the markets, foreign and domestic, several
meetings took place in the next days between administration officers and Alberto
Fernandez’s advisors. These meetings and a so-called covenant were called for
to contain the turmoil at least for the campaign and the elections to take
place in a scenario of a certain stability.

Could this aircraft be a definitive joint Argentina-Brazil development?

As published by AINOnline, within the LABACE Convention which is taking place in the Congonhas Airport in Brazil, Desaer, a recent company with aeronautical engineers, formerly employed by Embraer and former military presented the ATL-100 light commuter concept. “Created by former Embraer
employees in 2017, Desaer resides at Incubaero, an incubator for start-ups
and new aerospace projects at the Fundação Casimiro Montenegro Filho, one of
the technology development institutes within the DCTA facility at São José dos
Campos. Parented by the Brazilian air force, the DCTA (Departamento de Ciência
e Tecnologia Aeroespacial, department of aerospace science and technology) is
Brazil’s national military research center for aerospace projects and
activities.”

As for the
ALT-100, a brief was presented that quotes: “To be powered by two turboprops in
the 1,000-shp class, the ATL-100 is an unpressurized transport of high-wing,
T-tailed configuration with low cost of acquisition and operation as key design
drivers. It has a square-section cabin that can be arranged to accommodate 19-passenger
seating in a single row on the left and double row on the right, 12 paratroops,
and two jumpmasters on sidewall tip-up seats, stretchers for the aeromedical
evacuation/air ambulance role, or three LD3 containers. The latter cannot be
accommodated within current utility types such as the Bandeirante, Viking Twin
Otter, Dornier Do 228, or LET 410.

An opportunity for Argentina? The Dominican Republic looks for aircraft and radars.

According to a recent publication, The Dominican Republic is looking for more aircraft and air surveillance radars. Currently the AF holds a roster of 8 EMB-314 Super Tucano which are the spearhead of the DRAF, after the A-37 Dragonfly were taken out of service, they have no jet aircraft left. The main interest and hot spot are the operations of irregular air traffic, related to drug trafficking and smuggling with aircraft with origin in the vicinities of Colombia and/or Venezuela. Air defense roles are based upon information provided by radars integrated in a circuit, installed in the Las Americas and Punta Cana airports. Still, such radars are more related to an air traffic control function other than air surveillance and defense roles.

The FA-50AR begins to take shape between Argentina and South Korea

Weeks after the most recent statements, Argentine and South Korean government officials continue negotiations for the purchase of 10 FA-50 Golden Eagle Lead in Fighter Trainer (LIFT) aircraft, any consideration that Leonardo’s M-346FA might had, now is gone. Amid the lack of more detailed official information from any of both parties, some milestones have been disclosed and to confirm that an actual framework is being agreed upon after the highest level of argentine government has given the "go". Representatives of Argentina and South Korea are agreeing to set up a joint venture to build, develop and support the FA-50AR, presumably between the Fabrica Argentina de Aviones S.A. (FAdeA) and Korea Aerospace Industries. The South Korean Government holds the majority of the shares in KAI. The remaining stock is completed by Hanwha Techwin and the U.S. based, Blackrock Fund, which happened to have also recently opened a branch in Buenos Aires.

The Argentine AF bought 8 Tecnam P2002 JF light aircraft

In recent days, the Argentine Air Force acquired 8 Tecnam P2002 JF light aircraft from Aerotec Argentina, a distributor of Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam. The AF has been leasing the P2002's since 2016 for basic training in the Military Aviation School in Cordoba. Recent news calculated the amount of the operation of approximately 1.5 million U.S. dollars, still no official statements have been made yet. According to Tecnam: “The Argentine Air Force required that the Tecnam P2002JF CS/VLA would have a package of equipment and avionics superior to the standard civil version in order to extend the original capacities of the aircraft. Known as “Glass Cockpit + Night VFR“, This includes the Garmin G500 PFD digital instrument panel, an integrated GTN 650 COM / NAV / GPS navigation and communications system with antennas and instrumentation, speedometer and back altimeter, heated pitot, instrument lights and maps, dimmer and auxiliary alternator.

The Argentine Army is looking for optical sights and NVG’s

The ARGENTINE MILITARY ATTACHÉ’S
OFFICE IN THE UNITED STATES has made public bids 01/2019 and 02/2019 for
procurement of optical sights and night vision goggles, respectively. These
acquisitions are framed upon the Northern Integration Op. or OPINOR, of which
the armed forces are providing logistical and other support to security forces
deployments and patrols. PB 01/2019, is requesting 217 Vortex Solo 8x36 optical sights. PB 02/2019 is for 40 AN/PVS-7D Night Vision Googles, both of the PBs support infantry and special operations forces.

The argentine IA-63 Pampa won’t be sold to Bolivia, here’s why.

Yesterday, the newspaper Clarin published an article stating that any possible sales prospect of the IA-63 Pampa advanced jet trainers is under pressure by Israel and the U.S. considering Bolivia’s direct links with Iran.The fact is that Bolivia and Iran have just signed an agreement to provide “nanotechnology” for a military academy and Drones for counter-drug and smuggling operations. Although the actual drone which is to be purchased has not yet been disclosed, this is causing serious concerns on Bolivia’s neighbors and sets as the first Iranian drone export in Latin America. Israel and the U.S. are very annoyed by the fact considering their high-level lobbying and Mike Pompeo’s presence in the region to bolster anti-terrorist cooperation and the recognition of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization by Latin-American nations. Argentina and Bolivia have a very important gas trade and to this fact, Gustavo Lopetegui, the argentine Secretary for Energy, proposed that on any compensation required from the argentine state to the bolivian state, it could be paid by the export of IA-63 Pampa advanced jet trainers. This has been seen at first as an opportunity to provide new customers for the Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA), but such a salesmanship collided with the fact that it was not thorough in considering that the IA-63 Pampa has components made in Israel, U.K and U.S. which are subject to export approvals.