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Argentina intends to buy 12 JF 17 Fighter Jets, allocates $664m budget

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ISLAMABAD: Argentina plans to purchase 12 JF-17 Thunder aircraft from Pakistan, it emerged on Friday.

The news was revealed by Pakistan Strategic Forum on Twitter, stating that the South American country has officially included $664 million (Rs111.6 billion) in funding for the purchase of fighter jets in a draft budget for 2022 presented to its Parliament.

The Argentine Air Force has selected Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder, rejected offers from Russia, the USA, and India.

“The 12 JF-17s will include 10 single-seater Block IIIs and 2 dual seat Block IIIs,” the forum said in a tweet.

“The PAC JF-17A Block III is a supersonic, multirole 4+ generation fighter aircraft able to perform combat air patrol, air interdiction, beyond visual range integrated battle, long-range maritime strikes, standoff range precision ground strikes, anti-radiation SEAD/DEAD missions and electronic warfare,” it added.

The two nations have had friendly ties for a while as Argentina has been supported the resolution put forward by Pakistan on the right to self-determination which is debated annually at the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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