Argentina moves to buy Norwegian Orions and Danish ‘Vipers’

The Argentine Air Force (FAA) and Navy are being prepared for a major recapitalisation with the acquisition of four P-3C/N Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) from Norway and up to 38 F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters from Denmark, after the respective deals were green lit by the US government on October 11.

Less than a week later (on October 17), a $60m contract was signed between the Argentine Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA), confirming the purchase of three P-3Cs – 3297 (BuNo 163297, delivered in 1989); 3298 (BuNo 163298, delivered in 1991); and 3299 (BuNo 163299, delivered in 1999) – and one P-3N – 4576 (delivered in 1991 after being converted from a P-3B) – for the Argentine Navy. A crew is currently in the US training on the Orion platform, with the first second-hand aircraft expected to arrive before the end of the year, followed by the remaining three in 2024.

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