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Argentina may buy supersonic jets from China, but the US wants to avoid it

By Sergio Pintado

The Argentine Air Force is looking to buy up to 18 supersonic fighter jets and has already analyzed offers from Russia, India, China, and the US.

Although the Chinese offer "meets all the requirements", the US is taking steps to sell its F-16s to counter Chinese "presence" in the Southern Cone.

The Argentine Air Force's interest in acquiring new supersonic fighter jets had been expressed since mid-2022 by the Minister of Defense, Jorge Taiana.

The need was mainly because the South American country retired the French Mirage aircraft it had used since the 1970s . . .

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