The US State Department approved a potential Foreign Military Sale of T-6 Aircraft Sustainment and related equipment to the Government of Argentina for an estimated cost of $73 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) submitted the required certification to Congress, informing them of the potential sale.
The Argentinian Government ordered sustainment and maintenance for their T-6 Texan aircraft fleet, which will include the following aircraft hardware and software modifications and support: major and minor modifications include airframe and avionics improvements for reliability and integration of training munitions and external fuel tanks; aircraft and engine support equipment, as well as associated parts of program support.
According to the DSCA, the proposed renewal of T-6 aircraft assistance will give the Government of Argentina the capability to address present and future challenges, and expressed that Argentina is dedicated to military modernization and will have “no trouble difficulty absorbing the additional sustainment into its armed forces.”
The DSCA also said that the potential sale will help the United States achieve its foreign policy and national security goals by enhancing the security of a key non-NATO ally that is a force for political stability and economic prosperity in South America.
Textron Aviation Defense from Wichita, Kansas, will be the main contractor for the sale.
“It is in the U.S. national interest to assist Argentina in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.” said the DSCA.
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