UK Bars Sale of South Korean Fighter Jets to Argentine Air Force

Following the 1982 South Atlantic conflict, the UK imposed an embargo on Argentina purchases of weapons that have components of British origin, such as the South Korean FA-50 fighter.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The United Kingdom has effectively barred the sale of the FA-50 Fighting Eagle to Argentina, with the South Korean manufacturer informing Buenos Aires that it is unable to supply the light fighter and strike jet since it has British-made parts.

In a letter dated 28 October, a senior official at Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) told Argentina’s ambassador to the Republic of Korea Alfredo Carlos Bascou that the FA-50 cannot be exported due to the UK government’s arms embargo on the country. The FA-50 includes six major components that are sourced . . .

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