Keeping Argentine A-4ARs airworthy will challenge maintenance lines
Jose Higuera, Santiago, Chile – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
16 February 2017
Argentina’s decision to postpone buying new combat aircraft until 2018 and have the Argentine Air Force keep some Lockheed Martin (McDonnell Douglas) A-4AR Fightinghawks flying in the meantime will be a difficult logistical goal, sources in Buenos Aires told Jane’s .
To keep 12-14 of the air force’s A-4ARs airworthy, as the government has asked, will require significant effort including many hours at the workshops for maintaining and repairing engines, which likely means not all aircraft will be available for operations concurrently. Local sources expect only six to eight aircraft will be airworthy at any given time while the others undergo maintenance.
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Argentina looks to keep A-4ARs flying in lieu of replacement
Santiago Rivas, Buenos Aires – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
08 February 2017
- Officials said at least 12 A-4ARs could be made operational for another five years
- Argentina suspended its efforts to replace the Fightinghawks for financial reasons
The Argentine government has begun contract discussions with an undisclosed company to get 12 to 14 of the air force’s Lockheed Martin (McDonnell Douglas) A-4AR Fightinghawks back into operational service for at least five years, the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) secretary of logistics Walter Ceballos announced on 7 February.
Argentine minister of defence Julio Martínez a week earlier revealed that the government decided to suspend purchasing a new fighter aircraft to replace the Fightinghawks.
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