Within the Argentine Ministry of Defense, each military service has unique needs that may be targeted by U.S. firms.
In the next five to ten years the Argentine Air Force
plans procure simulators for its A-4 fighter and UH-1 helicopter aircraft. It
will need support systems, parts, and maintenance training for these platforms
as well as for the newly purchased Presidential Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopter.
Maintenance, parts, electronics, avionics/warfare training and simulation will
also enjoy increased demand pending probable sale of more P-3s and H-3s. An
increased number of crash trucks for airport accidents will be needed in the
future, as will components for a nationwide Air Traffic Control System.
Information systems (specifically,
how to manage logistics) dealing with maintenance and parts inventories will be needed across the board.
The Argentine Army is currently expanding its domestic
role. Thus, new disaster relief equipment and training are on their expansion
agenda, as well as increased water purification and
well-drilling for the more underdeveloped areas. Transport aircraft and mobile power generation equipment will be required to support this initiative. Also needed is equipment for the mechanical clearing of vegetation in waterways, and for the environmental disposal of munitions and hazardous waste. The Army also plans to purchase FLIR--Forward Looking Infra-Red Systems.
The Argentine Navy currently plans to rework ship engines to be converted to U.S. standards, and it will need assistance in re-engineering the fleet. The Navy has specifically requested Oshkosh valves for certain ships. The Navy has had problems with the Naval aviation's T-34 landing gear, therefore, they need technical assistance in maintenance and repair, parts, and the development of a depot level maintenance system.
Some common needs throughout all the Armed services are in the following areas:
Information systems -- to manage logistics, maintenance, and parts inventories.
Uniforms -- Need better quality and more durable fabrics.
Recruiting --Public relations, sales, information systems.
Global Positioning Systems.
Communications Networks -- e.g., distributed training satellite and terrestrial systems that could be used by the military, medical, and education sector. Argentina is a large country with residential regions and developed areas long distances from each other, thus, such systems and networks would be a tremendous benefit in providing information and training necessary for progress to modernize these regions.