Argentina interest in MiG-29s, L-159s
Russian sources report that Argentina has shown renewed interest in the MiG-29, the type having been formally presented to the government along with terms of a possible contract for 15 aircraft to supplant the obsolescent Mirages and Skyhawks still in service. Meanwhile, Aero Vodochody have offered the L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (ALCA) to Argentina that would see the
Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) collaborate in production, with the potential to establish a local assembly line if the order is “large enough”. Aero Vodochody recently re-launched production of the L-159 after 13 years and has also introduced an upgraded trainer version, the L-159T1+.
In unrelated news, there are unconfirmed reports that Malaysia is offering some of its MiG-29s being phased-out, in a reciprocal deal for acquiring HAL-built components for the RMAF’s Su30MKM fighters.