Argentina reportedly agreed to purchase 8 refurbished Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard fighter from France

Argentina purchased several refurbished Mirages and engines for Pucaras

Friday, May 19th 2017 – 06:42 UTCFull article17 comments

Argentine reportedly has agreed to purchase several refurbished Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard fighter bombers originally from the French navy. Apparently the Mirages are similar to those Argentine used during the Falklands conflict in 1982 and will be incorporated to the Air Force, as part of an Argentine re-equipment of its military forces.

Talks with France also involve the possible purchase of engines to power 20 Argentine Pucaras aircraft that are currently grounded.

“The transaction provides excellent value, and under very favorable conditions,” Defense Minister Julio Martinez was quoted during a visit to France. “The Argentine Air Force cannot do without supersonic aircraft. Our pilots must be able to train in modern aircraft.”

However Martinez declined to detail the financial details of a possible deal since “negotiations are not finished”.

The re-equipment program will also include the construction at the Tandanor yards of four patrol vessels, with support from France, Italy and China. The vessels are in addition to four LICA, for cadets’ training. Currently under construction at the Rio Santiago yard, with Japanese (NKK) supervision and the first to be delivered in early 2018.

The Air Force is also involved in the refurbishing and upgrading of five Hercules C 130, two are ready and another three in the coming months with the support from US experts at the Cordoba aircraft manufacturing plant.

Minister Martinez also acknowledged that the United States has offered to sell Argentina F-16 fighter fighters but the Mirage would better fulfill the needs of the country.

“The operating cost of the F-16 makes them almost prohibitively expensive,” he said.

Argentina had previously been in talks with Israel for their Kfir fighter.

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The Super Etendard is a carrier-based single-seat strike fighter first introduced into service in 1978. It is an updated version of the Etendard IVM. Based on experience gained during the Korean war (1950-53), French authorities drew up specifications for a light interceptor. This definition was rapidly assimilated into a program for a light tactical bomber that could also fulfil an air superiority mission. At the same time, NATO published its requirements for the LWTSF (Light Weight Tactical Strike Fighter). In response, the Dassault company presented its Mirage and Etendard aircraft.To meet the needs of both national and NATO programs, Dassault carried over the aerodynamic design of its Super-Myst�re, applying it to smaller aircraft equipped with power plants that could reach transonic speeds without afterburners. This led to the design of the Myst�re XXII (Etendard II), Myst�re XXIV (Etendard IV) and Myst�re XXVI (Etendard VI), developments which were remarkable for improving lift so that take-off and landing became possible at reduced speeds.The Etendard IV M was the first naval aircraft developed by Dassault. The Etendard IV M made its maiden flight 21st May 1958 at Melun-Villaroche (the Seine-et-Marne region of France). The wings of the aircraft are mid-mounted, swept-back, and tapered with blunt tips there are sawtooth in the leading edges. There is one turbojet engine inside the body. There are semicircular air intakes below the canopy and a single exhaust. The fuselage has a long, pointed nose. The body bulges at the air intakes and tapers to the rear. There is a bubble canopy well forward on the nose. The dorsal spine extends from the cockpit to midbody. The tail is large, swept-back, and tapered tail fin with curved tip. The flats are low- to mid-mounted on the tail fin, swept-back, and tapered with blunt tips.Between 1961 and 1965, the French Navy took delivery of 69 Etendard IV M’s and 21 Etendard IV P’s. The Etendard IV M continued in service in the French Navy until July 1991. These aircraft logged a total of 180,000 flying hours and made 25,300 carrier landings. Even today, there are still several Etendard IV P’s and IV PM’s in service.



The naval single-seater combat aircraft, Dassault Super-Etendard, is a modernized version of the Etendard IV M. Main modifications include updating of the weapons system through the installation (a first for a French production aircraft) of a modern navigation and combat management system. The aircraft prototype made its maiden flight 28 October 1974 at Istres (the Bouches-du-Rh�ne region of France).



The French Navy commissioned the plane for the first time in 1977 and 71 aircraft are now in service on the aircraft carriers Foch and Clemenceau. This plane, armed with Exocet missiles and flown by Argentinian pilots (14 aircraft), proved its combat effectiveness during the Malvinas [Falklands] war with Britain in 1982.The Super-Etendard will be replaced by the naval version of the multi-role combat aircraft Rafale at the beginning of the 21st century. Source



The Super Étendard is a development of the Dassault Étendard IVM.

Crew 1
Propulsion 1 Turbojet Engine
Engine Model SNECMA Atar 8K-50
Engine Power 48,9 kN 11000 lbf
Speed 1380 km/h 745 kts
857 mph
Service Ceiling 13.686 m 44.900 ft
Range 3.400 km 1.836 NM
2.113 mi.
Empty Weight 6.500 kg 14.330 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight 12.000 kg 26.455 lbs
Wing Span 9,60 m 31 ft 6 in
Wing Area 28,4 m² 306 ft²
Length 14,31 m 46 ft 11 in
Height 3,86 m 12 ft 8 in
First Flight 28.10.1974
Production Status out of production
Total Production 74
Developed from Dassault Étendard
Data for (Version) Dassault Super-Étendard


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6 thoughts on “Argentina reportedly agreed to purchase 8 refurbished Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard fighter from France

  1. Al-hein

    Super-Etendards are not Mirages. They were definitively retired from French Navy in 2016 or maybe 2015
    There are talks about Argentina also buying the last retired Mirage-F1 (must have been put in storage in 2014), not impossible them soon seeking to get Mirage-2000 too in which case these may be upgraded much further than any F-16 will ever be : Mirage-2000 can receive all Rafale’s systems including SPECTRA thus becoming a “stealth” aircraft through active cancellation of radar waves, added with OSF/OSF2 and AESA, well, more than enough to give a really hard time to Typhoons and F-35B, not counting that Meteor may be integrated but they also could inherit Indian integration of Russian, Israeli and Indian weaponry and Israeli HMDs. I’m not sure if Indians have integrated BrahMos-NG on Mirage-2K but if Exocet is pretty nasty, this thing is really overkill.



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