Argentine officials confirm joint-production talks over China's FC-1 fighter
Officials from Argentine aerospace company Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) told IHS Jane's at the 2013 Paris Air Show they have had multiple discussions with Chinese officials over potential co-production of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) FC-1/JF-17 multirole combat aircraft.
Discussions are far from concluded, with FAdeA officials saying "technology transfer" issues remain a sticking point. Nonetheless, the discussions are the first formal effort that could lead to the co-production of a modern Chinese fighter in Latin America. FAdeA officials said the co-produced FC-1 could be called the 'Pulqui-III', recalling FAdeA's Pulqui-II, Latin America's first swept wing jet fighter, which was designed by Germany's Kurt Tank for the government of Juan Peron.
Source: Richard D Fisher Jr, Paris - IHS Jane's Defence Industry News - 23 June 2013
Photo: The Chinese FC-1/JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft (Photo by chinesemilitaryreview.blogspot.com)