Argentina, Colombia look to buy former Danish Air Force F-16 fighters

Argentina Colombia buy Danish F16
Royal Danish Air Force F-16 combat aircraft.

Argentina and Colombia are considering purchasing Lockheed Martin F-16A/B MLU Fighting Falcon fighters that are being phased out by the Royal Danish Air Force.

The aircraft were offered by the United States through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program and are reportedly sold without weapons or pods at a unit price of $ 15 million.

The offers include 12 aircraft for the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina – FAA) and 6 for the Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana – FAC). The FAA has asked to receive a further offer for air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons, as well as at least one Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker to ensure air-to-air refueling of the fighters. It hopes to be able to decide within the year between the US or China's offer for the JF-17.

Colombia instead aims to bridge the gap between the upcoming withdrawal of the Kfir fleet and the purchase of modern F-16V Block 70 jets, which is the variant targeted by the FAC.

Since the Service is planning to phase out the Kfir jets gradually, the second-hand F-16s would allow a good number of aircraft to remain operational until the arrival of the F-16Vs.

Both nations will shortly assess the conditions of the aircraft before proceeding with further steps.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: Royal Danish Air Force

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