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Argentine Air Force Boosts Fleet with Embraer ERJ-140LR Aircraft Acquisition

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Argentine Air Force Boosts Fleet with Embraer ERJ-140LR Aircraft Acquisition

In a significant development, the Argentine Air Force (La Fuerza Aérea Argentina) has finalized the purchase of two Embraer ERJ-140LR aircraft from the American company, Regional One Inc., for its First Air Brigade. The procurement deal was signed at the end of November, with delivery of the airplanes expected in early January 2024. The total cost of the acquisition is pegged at $6,856,200.

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Successful Bid Over Gantt Aviation Inc.

The bid from Regional One superseded that from Gantt Aviation Inc., which was offering two Embraer ERJ-145. The winning bid includes aircraft 145754, formerly N858AE of American Eagle and manufactured in 2003, and 145747, also ex N855AE from the same airline and from the same production year. This strategic acquisition is a critical part of the Argentine Air Force's modernization drive.

Expansion of Fleet

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In addition to this, the procurement process for two additional airplanes has commenced. This ongoing expansion of the fleet underscores the commitment of the Argentine Air Force towards strengthening its capabilities and readiness.

Regional Tensions and Defense Contracts

While these acquisitions are taking place, there is an escalation of tension in the Brazil-Venezuela-Guyana border region around the Essequibo. It’s clear that these developments are part of a larger narrative involving defense and security in Latin America. Other notable events include a new contract signed by FIDAE with Kallman Worldwide, and the initiation of payment process for the P-3C Orion by Argentina. All these are covered in the defense and security focused magazine 'Pucará Defensa'. A disclaimer is provided regarding the opinions expressed in the articles.

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