Argentina bulks up military with £483m investment in new fighter jets – Falklands fears

The Argentinian Government has planned to spend £483million on 12 PAC JF-17A Block III fighters from Pakistan. The jets were jointly developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation of China.

According to Open Source Intelligence account @PSFAERO, Argentina has presented a draft budget for 2022 which includes the 12 jets.

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It comes after President Alberto Fernández’s Government suffered a heavy defeat in the midterm primaries.

The centre-right opposition coalition Juntos took 41 percent of the nationwide vote and left the government trailing on 30 percent after 96 percent of all votes were counted.

The shock result comes 12 months after President Fernandez claimed the Falkland Islands, known in Argentina as Islas Malvinas, were “illegally occupied” by the UK.

Speaking at the 75th United Nations General Assembly, the Peronist leader also claimed Britain had an “excessive and unjustified military presence on the islands”.

Argentina has also recently taken aim at the UK for its construction of an “illegal” port in the capital of the archipelago.

The construction, scheduled for 2024, has come under scrutiny by Daniel Filmus, the Secretary of the Malvinas (the name Argentina gives to the Falkland Islands), Antarctica and the

South Atlantic, who argues that the development is “is illegitimate and illegal”.

These concerns raised by Mr Filmus have led to the provincial authorities filing an official complaint that aims to halt any further developments.

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