Argentina is planning to buy 12 JF-17 Thunder fighter jets from Pakistan, according to reports. The Argentine Air Force chose Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder over bids from Russia, the United States, and India.
Pakistan Strategic Forum announced the news on Twitter, adding that the South American country has included $664 million in funds for the purchase of fighter jets in a draught budget for 2022 that was given to its Parliament.
In a tweet, the forum stated, “The 12 JF-17s will include 10 single seater Block IIIs and 2 dual seater Block IIIs.”
Argentina has long backed Pakistan’s right to self-determination resolution, which is debated annually in the United Nations General Assembly.
The PAC JF-17A Block III is a supersonic, multirole 4+ generation fighter aircraft capable of 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, according to the press release.