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FMA/Sukhoi SU-35AR Condor

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As a replacement for the Super Etendards, France hoped to sell their newest plane, the Rafale, to the argentinian Navy. Although the deal was almost signed, a sudden offer from the russian government made the argentinian minister of defense change his mind. The Rafale was mainly a carrier-based plane and Argentina did not have a carrier.

 

Sukhoi offered two entire squadrons including spare parts at a price considerably below the Rafale. Necessary modifications were conducted by the local manufacturer FMA in Córdoba.

 

After having refused to the contract with France, the diplomatic relationship suffered severely. France no longer supplied Argentina with weapons, forcing the ministry of defense of choosing american armament for their planes. The use of russian armament was also taken into consideration, but not pursued due to the lack of relability compared to US weapons.

 

Until the first missiles arrived, the Condors used up the french armament remaining.

 

The Condor entered service in 2010 in the 1st and the 3rd squadron.

 

Approaching target

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Launch!

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Edited by NazGhul

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