Guatemala Looks At Buying Aircraft from Israel

The President Otto Perez is to visit the country where he will arrange for the purchase of fighter jets after deciding not to buy them from Brazil.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The president announced a tour on the 9th and 10th of December in which he will be looking for "the support of the Israeli government on the issue of appropriate weapons for security forces in Guatemala and the possible acquisition of aircraft," noted an article in

"We'll touch on (...) issues such as weapons systems and Israeli aircraft for the safety of the territory in Guatemala," said the president of Guatemala.

He added that they deciding not to buy six aircraft and three radars from Brazil after finding out there was a surcharge on the acquisition process which was began under the previous administration.

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El Salvador To Buy Fighter Jets

October 2013

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.

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.

Guatemala Cancels Brazilian Aircraft Purchase

August 2013

The suspension has been ordered of a $133 million disbursement for the purchase of six Super Tucano airplanes which were to be used to control of the country's airspace.

From a press release published in Diario de Centro América:

"We have doubts about whether the six Super Tucanos are overvalued.

El Salvador Buys Fighter Jets from Chile

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.

This was reported by the Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes during his speech at the celebration of the 189th anniversary of the founding of the Armed Forces and the Day of the Soldier.

Guatemala Buys Fighter Jets for $170 million

October 2012

The Guatemalan Congress has approved borrowing from banks in Brazil and Argentina for the purchase of six Super Tucano aircraft and a tactical air control center. reports that the preamble refers to the need to monitor areas like Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz and Petén, to weaken the activities of organized criminals and drug traffickers in these regions under project entitled ‘Construction of a System for Monitoring and Protection of the Mayan Biosphere.

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