El Salvador To Buy Fighter Jets

The Salvadoran government has announced the $10 million purchase of 12 A37 fighter aircraft which the Air Force of Chile will take out of service.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

President Mauricio Funes said that in the next few days a Chilean delegation will arrive in the country to sign a commitment to purchase the aircraft.

"There are about a dozen aircraft which we could be buying at a price that is less than $10 million. Of course it is the lowest bid we received," said Funes, who did not specify the model of the aircraft.

"Last May, the ruling said they were negotiating with Chile over a fleet of A-37's, which is a light attack aircraft developed in the 1960s and 1970s by the American manufacturer Cessna" reported Laprensa.hn.

The President said that the purchase of these aircraft is not related to the conflict with the sovereignty of Honduras over Conejo Island. The country must "strengthen the fleet because of the issue of regional balance and not in order to be aggressive with other countries," he added.



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May 2013

The Salvadoran government plans to acquire a fleet of 10 A-37 aircraft which the Chilean government is selling in the amount of $8.6 million.

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Guatemala Negotiates Aircraft Purchase

January 2011

The country is negotiating the purchase of 10 EMB-312F Tucano aircraft used by the French Air Force.

Before, the Guatemalan Air Force had negotiated the purchase of new EMB-314 Super Tucano aircraft from Brazilian company Embraer, negotiations which were unsuccessful.

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The Government is negotiating with Brazilian manufacturer Embraer a $ 100 million aircraft purchase.

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Asked by El Mundo, Walter Guzman, president of the Legislative Defense Committee, stated "It is a fact that we are going to purchase."

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