In the last 18 months Argentina attempted bought aircraft in Israel, Spain and more recently, to Moscow. In the “working group” formed by the two countries ARgentina and China, Beijing agreed to provide fighter jets around 20 FC-1 / JF 17 “Thunder” produced by the company Chengdu Aircraft Corporation.
Argentina and China signed deal for 20 FC-1 fighter aircraft in order to increase aerial capabilities of the Argentina. The move, which further raised tensions in the South Atlantic last night, follows a three-day visit by President Kristina de Kirchner to Beijing last week, in which Argentina secured 15 economic agreements and significant financial investment to bolster its failing economy.
The single-seat, single-engine FC-1(JF-17) can be armed with up to 3,629 kg (8,000 lb) of air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry and has a top speed of Mach 1.8 at altitude of 55,000 ft and combat range of 840 miles, allowing it to comfortably fly to Port Stanley and back from the Tierra del Fuego air base in southern Argentina