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BUENOS AIRES Argentina has few resources available to exchange an outdated army fleet further than shopping for twelve Beechraft Texan plane to teach pilots, Protection Minister Julio Martinez instructed Reuters on Tuesday.
Martinez stated actual ideas have been extra modest than individuals documented by media in Argentina and Brazil in current months, which stated the government was fascinated in shopping for war planes from overseas, including from Brazil’s Embraer or Mig fighters from Russia.
“For now, we do not have significantly spending budget potential,” Martinez stated soon after an party commemorating the finish of Argentina’s newest Antarctica mission. “We are only shopping for instruction plane, and just a few, twelve.”
Argentina’s heart-correct President Mauricio Macri has set an formidable purpose to trim spending and slender a spending budget deficit soon after two terms of cost-free-spending populism beneath leftist chief Cristina Fernandez.
Martinez did not say how significantly Argentina was spending on the instruction planes, only acknowledging that the spending budget was “pretty little.”
The Beechcraft Texan planes will help exchange 24 Embraer EMB-312 Tucanos that have been utilised in the air drive instruction faculty for many years. Beechcraft is a subsidiary of Textron Inc generating Beechcraft T -6C Texan II planes that are utilised for instruction pilots in several international locations.
“We will require twelve extra, and then we require a great deal of other plane, medium-sized transportation and other sorts of planes,” Martinez stated.
A navy spokesman stated in December Argentina was also in talks to invest in four C-205 plane created by Europe’s Airbus Team SA.
Questioned if Argentina would require new plane to obtain Macri’s purpose of far better patrolling borders with Paraguay and Brazil to stop drug flights, Martinez stated the instruction plane could possibly also be utilised for that reason.
Macri’s government is also searching to restart production at income-strapped state-run plane producer Fadea, which was formerly operated by Lockheed Martin and nationalized beneath Fernandez. Martinez confirmed a report by state-run information agency Telam past week that stated Fadea would manufacture 3 Pampa instruction planes this year.
Martinez also stated Argentina did not have any quick ideas to acquire arms from overseas, denying statements on Twitter from previous President Fernandez who stated on Monday that Argentina sought to invest in $two billion of “advanced weapons of war” from the United States.
“For now no, no arms,” Martinez stated.
(Reporting by Caroline Stauffer editing by Grant McCool)