France confirmed that the Super Eténdard that it sold to Argentina will never fly

The French Ministry of Defense made it official that the five Super Eténdard that the Together for Change government acquired were already out of use in 2018; They don't work.

20 de May de 2023 10:59

They were acquired with the excuse of having a defense system for the G20 summit, which took place in 2018.

With an extremely slow process, information and possible criminal complaints are advancing against Mauricio Macri and Patricia Bullrich , among others, for the five planes that Together for Change bought from France in 2018 for 12.5 million euros with the excuse of possess a defense system for the G20 summit, held that year.

The point is that the Argentine Ministry of Defense asked its French counterpart to take steps to obtain the ejection seats and other key parts of the aircraft, those that cannot be obtained from the purchase. The response was a letter from the head of International Development of the Armaments Directorate of that French portfolio, Gael Díaz De Tuesta : “We were asked to make an effort to find the solution so that the planes are fit to fly. Unfortunately and after having evaluated all the possibilities, I regret to inform you that “It was not possible to meet that objective.”

France's response to Argentina's request not only reconfirms that Together for Change bought planes that would never have been able to fly and will never do so, but it also demolishes the excuses that Macri leaders have been making in the media that even blame to the current government.

The thing is that different former officials of the then Cambiemos alliance circulated the version that the planes were not in condition because Alberto Fernández did not provide the necessary budget. But the official letter from the French Ministry of Defense destroys that excuse by stating that there was a meeting in Paris between Minister Jorge Taiana and his French counterpart, Sébastien Lecornu , to find a solution that will allow the Super Eténdard to fly.

On March 17, the Ministry of the Armed Forces addressed Argentina to indicate that the objective was not achieved. In the letter, it recalls "the restrictions of the United Kingdom regarding exports to Argentina" , which all governments go through. for known reasons, and points out that these "prevent us from obtaining spare parts for the ejection seats."

"But, in addition, as the head of our Navy pointed out in 2016, we have lost most of the capacity that is needed to keep these ships operational," emphasizes the French letter, which means that already in 2016, when Macri was already governing and before it occurred to him to buy the planes, the French warned that the units in question could not be put into use and that they did not have the personnel to take care of these devices.

In March 2022, the Ministry of Defense concluded through an internal investigation and audit that the Super Etendard were disused devices that, prior to Macri 's purchase, it was known would not be able to fly.

By Agenda Malvinas


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