February 8, 2023

Argentina to seek help from India to build military might

Source – Financial express

The Argentine Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Juan Paleo will be visiting the DefExpo in Gandhinagar to scout around for different platforms and weapons India has to offer.
Argentina Looking Towards India To Build Military Might
Argentina looking towards India to build military might
The Argentine Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Juan Paleo will be visiting the DefExpo in Gandhinagar to scout around for different platforms and weapons India has to offer.

Argentina looking towards India to build military might
The pilots of the Argentine Air Force expected to test the helicopters on offer by HAL, especially the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH)

South American nation Argentina stands out among the countries expressing their interest in the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. Mired in a fierce diplomatic struggle against the United Kingdom (UK), Argentina has been unable to modernise its defence forces. While the US has offered them second-hand F-16s with modest modernisation, it is keen to equip itself with more formidable combat aircraft for starters. And aircraft might be the start.

Top Argentine Defence Delegation here
Top diplomatic sources confirmed to Financial Express Online that top military officers led by the Argentine Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Juan Paleo will be visiting the DefExpo in Gandhinagar to scout around for different platforms and weapons India has to offer. Besides visiting the pavilion of Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), he and his officers will also meet top officials of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) during the expo.

Diplomatic sources have also confirmed that pilots of the Argentine Air Force have been to the HAL facility to test the LCA `Tejas’ in Bengaluru and General Juan Paleo and his team will also be stopping over in Bengaluru at the HAL facilities on their way back to New Delhi.

The team is expected to test with its pilots the helicopters on offer by HAL, especially the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Prachand.

Argentine Predicament
Financial Express Online has reported earlier that in a historic clash of claims over the Falkland Islands, a group of islands off the coast of the South American natio
and the UK have been engaged in a hardline diplomatic standoff. The turning point in the dispute was the Argentine attempt at militarily reclaiming the islands. The UK was able to ensure the surrender of the Argentine offensive. Since the 1982 Falklands War, the UK has been actively against the modernisation of the Argentine military. The UK’s arms embargo against the country remains in effect even today.

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