Argentina has procured four Lockheed P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft to replace earlier P-3B models, the country's defence minister announced on 27 September.
Speaking at the "Intereses Argentinos en el Atlántico Sudoccidental" (Argentine Interests on the South Western Atlantic) conference, Oscar Aguad said the four aircraft had been purchased from the US government.
The intention is to replace the six P-3B Orions Argentina received between 1997 and 1999, of which none are operational. As the P-3Bs required major structural refurbishment, it was decided that the best course of action was to replace them with newer aircraft recently retired by the US Navy (USN).
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