KAI’s FA-50 closes the deal in Argentina or not?

The argentine newspaper Ambito, expressed what was first published by LATAMilitary, regarding a possible agreement for the purchase of Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 Lead In Fighter Trainers (LIFT) for the Argentine Air Force within the context of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. The Air Force and KAI are very committed toward signing the agreement but within the Ministry of Defense, some voices have expressed their caution and asked to hear an offer as well by the second-best candidate: Leonardo’s M-346 FA Fighter Attack. It is very wise to have and compare options, but is that the case or is it another agenda behind waiting for them? The Air Force selected the FA-50 based on a very thorough analysis and the possibility of take flight in the aircraft, which was not possible for the M-346FA since still is in prototype phase and yet lacks many of the actual features offered to their potential customer. Other than actual technical limitations, concerns were expressed on the dependence this would have on the engine supplier, Honeywell, which is also the supplier for the TFE-731 engines in the Pampa III.

Argentine and U.S. Special Operations troops get ready for the G20 Summit

Just a few days from the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, argentine and U.S. troops are coordinating efforts to tackle any possible conflicts or attacks on this reunion of the 20 most relevant governments and leaders of the world. Mass media has reported that 1000 U.S. Government operators, being intelligence, Secret Service and Special Operations Command have converged in Buenos Aires to guard every inch of president Trump’s schedule. Other than VH-60N, “Marine One” helicopters, has come to our attention that the U.S. has deployed 4 MH-60M+ helicopters from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and 100+ Company troops in support of government officials, ready to be called in if necessary. This comes within a new defined context of urban threats, which has been in SOCOM’s crosshair since Trump´s inauguration in 2016 and therefore many exercises have been made consequently in large U.S. cities. Media reports have confirmed that argentine special troops from the Army, Navy and Air Force will be also in alert with Rapid Deployment Force (Fuerza de Despliegue Rapido, FDR) ready to be mobilized with support of the 601 Helicopter Batallion.