The agreement reached between the Argentine Air Force and the Korean Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries /KAI) for the FA-50 light assault aircraft has been challenged from London.
Argentina, which announced last year that it would buy 10 FA-50s worth USD 200 million from the Republic of Korea-based firm, was expecting the delivery of the first platforms in 2020.
KAI has reportedly written to Argentina's ambassador to Korea, Alfredo Carlos Bascou, regarding the latest developments in the production of the aircraft. Five or six main components of the FA-50 produced by UK firms need export licenses, and London has not allowed platforms to be produced for Argentina, according to the ambassador.
“Today we learned that the UNITED Kingdom, which manufactures several of the components of the FA-50, has banned the sale of components to our country,” Argentina’s Defence Minister said on his Twitter account.