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    China is in discussions about selling the Chengdu /PAC JF-17 fighter to up to eight countries ...

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  • Zhuhai10: China in talks with several potential JF-17 customers

    News | 17 Nov 2010 00:00 | Greg Waldron

    China is in discussions about selling the Chengdu /PAC JF-17 fighter to up to eight countries ...
  • Venezuela rethinks fighter acquisition

    News | 11 Oct 2005 00:00

    <P>The Venezuelan air force is reconsidering its plans to acquire 48 MiG-29M2 fighters and four two-seat trainers, despite having opened negotiations on the proposed $1.7 billion deal late last year.</P> <P>The service is now examining alternatives to revamp its faltering fleet of Dassault Mirage 5 and Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters, following a negative air force assessment of the MiG-29.</P> <P>Local sources say Russia’s Rosboronexport agency recently tabled a number of rival proposals, including an offer worth around $275 million to supply 25-30 Sukhoi Su-27SKs to be drawn from Russian air force stocks and upgraded with Su-35 avionics and mission systems.</P> <P>Another alternative covers the procurement of a similar number of new-build Su-30MKs, potentially to be produced by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics to reduce programme costs.</P> <P>A final decision on the air force’s revised fighter acquisition strategy is expected next year.</P> <P>-&nbsp;Nigeria is rebuilding its air fo
  • Colombian air chief hits at Spanish Mirage offer

    News | 11 Mar 2003 00:00

    <p>Spain is to provide Colombia with military assistance including aircraft, ships, other equipment and an exchange of intelligence data. The head of the Colombian air force, however, is unhappy about the transfer of fighter aircraft. </p> <p>The package includes eight Dassault Mirage F1EDA/DDA fighters and two EADS Casa 212 utility transports configured for medical evacuation. The deal was finalised during a visit by Colombian defence minister Martha Luc&iacute;a Ram&iacute;rez de Rinc&oacute;n to Spain at the end of last month. </p> <p>The two defence ministries are also to discuss the transfer of Bell UH-1Hutility helicopters previously operated by the Spanish army. The helicopters are due to be configured for the surveillance role. </p> <p>Colombia is understood to have been offered the choice of the Mirage F1s or McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantoms. The air force operates neither type, but has flown the Dassault Mirage 5 for several years.</p> <p>Colombian air force chief Gen H&ea
  • Tanker offer swings Chilean fighter deal in F-16's favour

    News | 09 Jan 2001 00:00

    <p>Paul Lewis/WASHINGTON DC</p> <p>The Chilean air force (FACh) is being offered an in-flight refuelling tanker by the US Government to support its planned purchase of Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighters, but issues surrounding financing and armament for the new fighters still need to be resolved. </p> <p>After much delay Santiago has approved the FACh's selection of the F-16C/D Block 50 Plus after a further round of "best and final" tendering late last year. Dassault offered the Mirage 2000-5 and Saab/BAE Systems the Gripen. </p> <p>Selection of the F-16 has drawn criticism within Chilean defence circles, particularly over Washington's refusal to supply a beyond visual range missile until a comparable weapon appears elsewhere in the region. The aircraft instead will be equipped for the Rafael Python 4 short range missile and for, but not with, the Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM missile. </p> <p>To allay criticism of the F-16's in-flight refuelling configuration, the USA is offering a boom-e
  • The long road

    News | 21 Mar 2000 00:00

    <p>The Chilean air force hopes that its looming fighter decision will put it firmly on the path to modernisation </p> <p>Paul Lewis/SANTIAGO</p> <p>Squeezed between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Chile has unique geographical characteristics. This pencil-thin nation stretches more than 4,000km (2,500 miles) from its northern arid reaches to the southern Antarctic ice flows. Defending this airspace presents Chile's air force, the Fuerza Aerea de Chile (FACh), with a long list of challenges. </p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=4085' /></p> <p>The FACh has a front-line fighter force of 50 aircraft, consisting of upgraded, but nonetheless ageing, Northrop F-5E/Fs and a mixed fleet of Dassault Mirage 5/50s. This is backed up by a similar number of lighter Cessna A-37s and Enaer A-36CCs (licence-built CASA C-101s). The service's overwhelming priority is to acquire a new fighter and, after a wait of more than four years, all eyes are on new