The US has given Argentina the thumbs up to purchase 27 M1126 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles and related equipment for $100 million.

The proposed sale “will improve Argentina’s capability to meet current and future threats by increasing operational capabilities and force availability”.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today, this is displayed below:

“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Argentina of twenty-seven (27) M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $100 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Argentina has requested to buy twenty-seven (27) M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles and twenty-seven (27) M2 Flex .50 Cal Machine Guns.  Also included are AN/VAS-5 Driver’s Vision Enhancers; AN/VIC-3 Vehicle Intercom Systems; AN/VRC-91E Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS); Basic Issue Items (BIi); Components of End Items (COEI); Additional Authorized List (AAL); Special Tools and Test Equipment (STTE); M6 Smoke Grenade launchers and associated spares; Outside Continental United States (OCONUS) De-processing Service; OCONUS Contractor-provided training; Field Service Representatives (FSR); technical manuals; spare parts; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $100 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is a strategic partner in South America.”

The U.S. State Department also say that Argentina will use the Stryker vehicles to conduct stability operations in support of disaster relief and international peace keeping obligations.  Argentina will have no difficulty absorbing these vehicles into its armed forces.

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Callum
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Callum

Nothing particularly concerning. As long as the Yanks don’t start supplying them with jets or landing craft, it’s no threat to the Falklands

Helions
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Helions

Soon to be seen on a barge headed for the Falklands…

Cheers!

David
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David

Soon to be cancelled due to lack of funds…

Helions
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Helions

And a navy to transport them…

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DaveyB
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DaveyB

Not sure how an 8×8 would handle the boggy off road conditions of the Falklands?

Helions
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Helions

Honestly don’t know – maybe someone on the forum has operated there or in driven the peat bogs have a clue?

Cheers

Daveyb
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Daveyb

Having watched a land rover go axles deep as soon as it went off the gravel track in the Falklands. We did have a number of the older BV206s which were great. But they don’t weigh much and have a very low ground pressure, due to their half meter wide tracks. I have a feeling that an 8×8 vehicle would seriously struggle in the Falklands if it couldn’t use the tracks.

Helions
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Helions

I always bow to the voice of experience. The BV206s are great little vehicles. The U.S. Army in Alaska has them and makes very good use of them – especially up at Ft Wainwright. I think the U.S. Marines also prepositions them in Norway.

Cheers!

Harry Bulpit
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Harry Bulpit

I think the Typhoon we have dow there may prevent that.

Helions
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Helions

Heheh, pretty sure that Monty Python’s Flying Circus could prevent that right now…

Cheers!

Andy
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Andy

I’d much rather the US was supplying them than China. I worry about China donating ships and aircraft to Argentina.

Andy
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Andy

From the Buenos Aires Times, earlier this year:
China displaces Brazil as Argentina’s leading trade partner in April. Argentina exported $509 million worth of products to China and imported $411 million, resulting in a $98 million surplus. Soybeans represented 52% of Argentina’s total exports to China.

Ian
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What the big worry I think will be is China, getting Argentina into one of it’s every expanding debt traps infratructure or arms sales, Argentina can’t pay, China demands a 99 yr lease on some port or airfield in the South Atlantic.

Dejango
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Dejango

As long as the Argies don’t offer the Chinese the Malvinas

David Barry
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David Barry

Well someone sold London Bridge… supposedly. Real ‘Del’ boy for them to sell the Malvinas…