Argentina is examining a $100 million proposal to buy 12 ex-Jordanian air force Dassault Mirage F1CJ fighters and one F1BJ trainer, having rejected a Spanish offer for a similar number of F1s. The deal is being considered as its remaining Mirage IIIEA/DAs are due to be withdrawn in 2012.

In a separate move also intended to enhance its air force's air defence capabilities, Buenos Aires is considering the purchase of two Saab 340s equipped with Erieye airborne early warning radars.

The developments come after defence minister Nilda Garré earlier this month outlined a short-term plan to bolster Argentina's military aviation elements.

Two Mil Mi-17V1s will be bought under a $20 million deal to restore the air force's heavylift helicopter capability, lost since the deactivation of its last Boeing CH-47C Chinook.

Funds have also been allocated to overhaul and modernise the army's three Eurocopter AS332B Super Pumas, and to complete a Huey II upgrade to part of its Bell UH-1H fleet.

A new tri-service helicopter school at Campo de Mayo will also receive five new Bell 206Ls.

Source: Flight International