The Argentinian Government has planned to spend £483million on 12 PAC JF-17A Block III fighters from Pakistan. The jets were jointly developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation of China.
According to Open Source Intelligence account @PSFAERO, Argentina has presented a draft budget for 2022 which includes the 12 jets.
Their Twitter posts read: “The Government of Argentina has officially included $664 Million in funding for the purchase of 12 PAC JF-17A Block III fighters from Pakistan in a draft budget for 2022 presented to its Parliament.
“The Argentine Air Force has thus chosen Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder, discarding offers from Russia, USA and India.
“The 12 JF-17s will include 10 single seater Block IIIs and 2 dual seat Block IIIs.
“The PAC JF-17A Block III is a supersonic, multirole 4+ generation fighter aircraft.”
Both Argentina and Pakistan share friendly relations, with Islamabad’s right to self-determination backed by the South American country.
Pakistan has also voted in favour of the UN Resolution stipulating that “the continued existence of colonialism is incompatible with the ideal of universal peace held by the United Nations”, which has relevance for the Falklands Islands issue.
The chair of the Pakistan Senate previously said of the relationship that “Pakistan and Argentina have very close cooperation in various fields and unanimity of views on international issues”.
In 2020, the UK blocked the sale of South Korean fighter jets to Argentina.
Jorge Taiana, Argentine Defence Minister, said at the time: “We have been in dialogue with the Korean company KAI to purchase the FA 50 fighter aircraft for the FAA.
“Today, we are informed that Great Britain, which produces (six) components of the FA 50, prohibits the sale to our country. New sample of imperial pride.”
It comes after President Alberto Fernández’s Government suffered a heavy defeat in the midterm primaries.
The centre-right opposition coalition Juntos took 41 percent of the nationwide vote and left the government trailing on 30 percent after 96 percent of all votes were counted.
The shock result comes 12 months after President Fernandez claimed the Falkland Islands, known in Argentina as Islas Malvinas, were “illegally occupied” by the UK.
Speaking at the 75th United Nations General Assembly, the Peronist leader also claimed Britain had an “excessive and unjustified military presence on the islands”.
Argentina has also recently taken aim at the UK for its construction of an “illegal” port in the capital of the archipelago.
The construction, scheduled for 2024, has come under scrutiny by Daniel Filmus, the Secretary of the Malvinas (the name Argentina gives to the Falkland Islands), Antarctica and the
South Atlantic, who argues that the development is “is illegitimate and illegal”.
These concerns raised by Mr Filmus have led to the provincial authorities filing an official complaint that aims to halt any further developments.