Argentine Etendards, resources and a centenary

FRANCE

AFTER MONTHS of speculation, French President Emmanuel Macon announced on January 26 that France would sell five Super Etendard Modernisé (SEM) to Argentina. According to different press outlets, the contract is worth €14 million and includes five aircraft (No 1, 31, 41, 44 and 51), ten Atar 8K50 engines and a range of spare parts. The French SEM was retired from active duty on July 12, 2016, and has been in operational storage at the Élément Air Rattaché 279 (EAR 279) Châteaudun ever since. The aircraft sold to Argentina are all SEM Mark 5s, which first entered service in 2006.

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