Why Can’t Argentina Be More Like Brazil, French Minister Wants to Know

French Mirage serving in Argentina's Air Force France's Defense minister Hervé Morin said that Argentina could increase its international influence following on the steps of Brazil, which is currently modernizing its military hardware and planning on the long term.

Morin currently in Buenos Aires where he met with his counterpart Nilda Garré and Foreign Secretary Jorge Taiana said that Argentina "currently has an essentially regional influence," but added he was convinced that some day the country will have the "political will to participate more fully in the big international discussions".

He then referred to the fact that Brazil has become a leading power, "the eighth world economy and its international influence has reached a stage with the reconstruction of its military hardware."

Argentina at some point will have to reconsider its international standing and military hardware, "at which stage France can be most useful", said Morin.

The Argentine Ministry of Defense in a release following the meeting said that although Argentina does not anticipate the purchase of military hardware, "it has nevertheless accepted the visit next year of a delegation from France's Defense Ministry Arms Department".

The release also points out that Argentina is one of the regional countries which have most drastically cut the defense budget, which has dropped from US$ 9.2 billion in 1980 equivalent to 4.4% of GDP, under military rule, to US$ 2.8 billion, 0.8% of GDP currently.

However military sources revealed that both defense ministers agreed on strengthening the continued cooperation between both countries and listed several possible projects to address in the future, particularly taking advantage of French technology.

Some of those projects could be the construction of an amphibian vehicle, patrol vessels, the refurbishing of the ageing Mirage Super Etendards and replacements for training aircraft.

Argentina is currently in a policy of taking distance from the United States in defense affairs and has been moving closer to neighboring Brazil and looking for other supply sources.

Brazil recently signed with France huge defense contracts for the construction of submarines, including one nuclear powered and possibly 36 fighter aircraft, plus other military hardware.

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  • USA_Male

    Double-Dot
    [quote]Now, listen boy.[/quote]
    YOU are calling ME boy? I had to measure YOUR toy fighter with a micrometer at my bathhouse party. If Bambu was not there, you would have had the smallest toy fighter in the tub.

    God Bless America and, please Double-Dot, go invest in male enhancement. Bring Costihna along for some Marxist humor.

  • Double-Dot

    US_Male
    Ah am amazed and pleased that an American can write a long paragraph that contains just a sentence and still managed to plant disinformation on the Frog Fighters. Now, listen boy. Our Brazilian buddies are going in for F-18s and the Argentinians are going to buy the toy fighters made in the Commie Republic of China. If I lose, you get a toy fighter from the Chinese and if you win our buddies still get a F-18 for free to shoot down all the toys. We always take care of our Brazilian allies and don’t you dare question our friendship.

    God bless America & F-18s. Period.

  • friend of chc

    Last Call
    Dear CHC (Chronicle Herpes Carrier):

    The gayman with itchy genItalia living north of Italia. It’s now or never…. Time to do ENEMA!

    Yours truly,

    Costinha

  • ch.c.

    Argentina is not like Brazil
    Argentinean men are much more loyal and faithful during relationships !

  • USA_Male

    The French minister knows why Argentina cannot be like Brazil, but he’s trying to do business as usual, trying to provoke or push the Brazilians on an another way to buy the Rafale fighters, and so not they’ll do business with Argentina, though they don’t have much money ( or no money at all) to buy new jets, but can spend a bit to upgrade (add lipstick) on their out dated jets, by borrowing money. In my opinon, the F18 and Rafale are great jets, but i think the Brazilians will go for the Rafale. why? long term and more independent strategic partnership, but would be great if they decide for the F18 Superhornets. It’s a win-win situation for the Brazilians.

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