Argentina gets U.S. Nod to Buy Basler BT-67 Aircraft

The contract for unknown number of aircraft is worth $143M
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 09:42 AM, April 19, 2024
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Argentina gets U.S. Nod to Buy Basler BT-67 Aircraft
BT-67 aircraft in service with Mali Air Force @Basler Turbo

Argentina's air force has received the greenlight to purchase Basler Turbo Conversions BT-67 aircraft along with a related support package valued at up to $143 million, the Pentagon announced on April 18.

“The proposed sale will improve Argentina’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing additional capacity for airdrop and airlift operations to service Antarctica during the winter season. This will reduce the burden on other airlift assets in Argentina. Argentina will have no difficultly absorbing this equipment into its armed forces,” stated the Pentagon in a statement.

The principal contractor for this transaction will be Basler Turbo Conversions, headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The Basler BT-67, based on the 80-year-old Douglas C-47 airframe, serves in military, scientific, and cargo roles. It can be adapted for a wide range of operations, including passenger and cargo transport, remote support, aerial surveys, parachuting, and more. Conversions typically require 9–12 months and offer customization options such as enhanced loading features, interior modifications like roller ball mats and cargo winches, and advanced avionics.

Basler Turbo provides specialized versions tailored for ISR/science and military purposes, equipped with customized equipment and climate control for polar operations. Military variants include cockpit armor and weapon support, offering different seating configurations to suit various mission needs.

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