Argentina inks deal to buy 24 F-16 jets from Denmark

SAO PAULO —The Argentine government has completed the purchase of 24 F-16 fighter jets from Denmark, Argentina’s president and defense minister announced Tuesday during a live broadcast.

The deal for the Block 15 aircraft was finalized during Defense Minister Luis Petri’s visit to Denmark, alongside the chief of the General Staff of the Argentine Air Force, Maj. Gen. Fernando Luis Mengo, and a government delegation.

The contract, which is worth $320 million, also includes reconnaissance pods and training armaments, such as AIM-9X and AIM-120 missiles. The U.S. government previously approved the aircraft transaction.

Danish Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen described the sale is part of a restructuring of his country’s Air Force, which is replacing its fighters with F-35s, in addition to donating some of the equipment to Ukraine. Ukraine is currently fighting off a Russian invasion.