Argentina Flipped on Its Radars, Then Found Hundreds of Drug Flights
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. An Argentine security official claims interdiction efforts against fluvial and land-based trafficking have spurred a sharp rise in drug flights. But improved radar coverage and an overall growth in drug trafficking are more likely to blame for the shift. Argentina’s Deputy Secretary... Read more
Argentine Pilots Still Got It
A video depicts P-3B Orion “6-P-53” — from the Argentine navy’s Escuadra Aeronaval N° 6 — performing an impressive low pass over Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport, located near the city of Ushuaia on the island of Tierra del Fuego in Tierra del Fuego province of Argentina. Interestingly, the... Read more
Argentina Wants to Keep This 1970s Jet Fighter Flying
Just one year after France retired its last Super Étendard carrier-based strike planes from service, Argentina announced it is considering buying six of the retired warplanes. The Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard has always been more distinguished by its armaments and technical capabilities than by its performance specifications. While it ably... Read more
From Nazi Germany to Argentina — A Proposal for the World’s First Small, Supersonic Cruise Missile
Argentina was almost the first country to develop a small, supersonic cruise missile. Way back in 1960. On May 30 of that year, Dr. Reimar Horten — a former warplane designer for Nazi Germany — met with officials at the Aerotechnical Institute of Argentina’s Military Aircraft Factory, or FMA, to propose what he... Read more
Argentina Just Can’t Manage to Buy Fighters
In the early 1980s, Argentina’s air force and navy together represented the most powerful air arm in Latin America. Then came the Falklands War, international sanctions and economic recession. From a peak of more than 400 combat aircraft in ’82, today Buenos Aires can muster fewer than 250 warplanes,... Read more
Wave Goodbye to the Argentine Air Force
After decades of decline, the Argentine air force — once one of the most powerful air arms in South America — has finally given up. In August 2015, the Fuerza Aérea Argentina retired its 16 Mirage supersonic fighters, fewer than 10 of which were actually in flyable condition at... Read more
Sad and Hopeful Tales of Extinct Air Forces
Air power is tough. All the world’s air forces work hard to maintain old warplanes and acquire expensive new ones and still fund adequate training—all in the context of national strategy and air power doctrine that can be complex, confusing, even self-defeating. So it should come as no surprise... Read more
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