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Iraq to buy 12 JF-17 Thunder jets from Pakistan

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The UK manufactures parts for the Gripen - so there is a UK veto there. Same with the Korean ( political veto, not industrial unless they want UK eject seats and Meteors AAMs ). Argentinas only options are F16s(cause the USA dont give a crap), Russian and Chinese.

If Argentina has taken a look at Zuhai 2021 they should be see which country (Russia, China) has industry momentum. You are looking to buy a product with a shelf life of 30-40 years from start to finish..

The Mig-35 is an old design that is a dead end as far as mid-life upgrades go and addition of new weapons etc.

China is the only game in town for Argentina.
Not with AUKUS happening, no.
 

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Not with AUKUS happening, no.
I think the UK will be more than happy if Argentina acquires US F-16s. For one it will prevent China from getting a foot hold in South America. Secondly once the acquisition is made UK can always talk the Americans into restricting the add-ons and weapons that come with the F-16s. The number of aircraft delivered now and ordered in the future might also need a nod from the UK. If somewhere down the line Argentina gets any ideas, the UK can always ask the US to sanction the Argentinian air force

With the JF-17 the UK would have no such leverage. In fact it will pave way for the Argentinian air force to acquire advanced Chinese aircraft and associated goodies in the future
 
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After how the US humiliated Iraq with F-16 sale that don't even carry AIM-120, I can't see Iraq ever going for American ever again.
 

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It’s not just aim120 t
It’s too expensive and restrictive for them as well mostly supported by LM employees or contractor for major support plus parts
 

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