Argentina modernizes its fleet of Hercules C-130 aircraft

first_img In 2011 Defense Minister Rossi and an official entourage which included some members of Congress and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Brigadier General Mayor Mario Callejo presented to a group of journalists one of two MI 17 Russian helicopters the country had purchased. The Air Force planned to fly one of the helicopters from Rio Gallegos to the Marambio Antarctic Base. The other helicopter was at a military base in Buenos Aires. But neither of the helicopters were able to fly to the Marambio Antarctic Base because of mechanical problems, according to published reports. Russian helicopters failed to reach Marambio Antarctic Base Plans for refurbished aircraft Argentina’s Defense Ministry recently announced plans to modernize its Air Force fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft. The Air Force has five C-130 planes. Modernizing the fleet of aircraft and making sure they are well-maintained is a high priority, said Defense Minister Agustín Rossi. The Air Force first obtained C-130 aircraft in 1969. In April 1970, the Air Force used some of the aircraft to provide supplies to the Marambio Antarctic Base, which is the country’s primary military base in the region. The base was founded on Oct. 29, 1969. It is named after famed Air Force Vice Commodore Gustavo Argentino Marambio, who was one of the first pilots to fly over the Antarctic region. Over the years the Air Force has continued to use the C-130 aircraft to supply the base. The aircraft is known for performing well in frigid conditions. Temperatures at the base are often below zero. The modernization will be a cooperative effort between Argentina and the United States. An Argentinian C-130 aircraft will be taken to the United States to be modernized, officials at the Defense Ministry said. Once that plane is modernized, it will be brought back to Argentina. The modernized aircraft will serve as a model, and the rest of the fleet will be modernized in Argentina. The modernization will cost an estimated $166 million (USD), according to published reports. Once the aircraft are modernized, they should last until at least 2040. The Air Force has used the aircraft primarily to transport supplies. Once the modernization is complete, the Air Force will be able to use the aircraft to conduct search and rescue missions with sophisticated infrared radar; transport paratroopers; and conduct missions at sea. The C-130 aircraft was developed in the 1950s by the Lockheed Corporation, a U.S. company. The company is now the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Air Force officials plan to use the modernized aircraft for different types of missions, sid Richard Gadea, an Argentinian military analyst. “Argentina’s plans for the refurbished Hercules include supplying deliveries to areas affected by natural disaster, evacuating victims, and fighting forest fires,” Gadea said. The modernized C-130s will be useful in responding to natural disasters in Argentina and in other countries. The Argentinian military has a long tradition of providing humanitarian aid to other countries which are struck by natural disasters, Gadea said. For example, the Argentinian military provided humanitarian assistance to Haiti after that country was struck by a devastating earthquake in January 2010. That 7.0 magnitude earthquake killed between 100,000 and 160,000 people and destroyed or severely damaged 250,000 homes and 30,000 commercial buildings, authorities said. The C-130 aircraft is useful for providing humanitarian aid because it performs well over long distances and requires relatively little maintenance. “This is a legendary plane that has made history in Latin America and the world over,” Gadea said. “It is a technological marvel and it has endured through the years in very demanding conditions and all climates.” The Air Force is an important part of Argentina’s military. It consists of more than 14,000 military members and more than 6,000 civilian employees. center_img February 2011, the defense ministers of Argentina and Brazil signed a joint cooperation agreement following a meeting in Buenos Aires. The two countries agreed to collaborate on the production of 1,500 KC-390 military transport planes designed by Embraer, a Brazilian aerospace company. The aircraft are being built in the Argentinian province of Cordoba. The aircraft are scheduled to be available to enter the market in 2018, authorities said. That is about the time that about 1,500 C-130 Hercules aircraft which are used by countries in Latin America and in other regions throughout the world will be at the end of their operational lifetime. “It’s important that Argentina participate in building the KC-390, because Brazil’s strategic policy in Latin America is one of collaboration,” said Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim. The KC-390s will be sold to the militaries of countries throughout Latin America and throughout the world. Joint Argentinian-Brazilian aircraft development program By Dialogo February 28, 2014last_img read more

DOH: ‘No confirmed’ cases of new coronavirus in PH

first_imgThis amid monitoring of a 36-year-oldmale who arrived in Tacloban City from Wuhan, while a 5-year-old boy in Cebuwho came from the central Chinese city remains to be a probable case, accordingto Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo. MANILA – The Philippines does not have aconfirmed case of the new coronavirus, the Department of Health (DOH) saidFriday. “Walapang lumalabas na case ng novelcoronavirus (nCoV) 2019. Categorically we have no confirmed 2019 nCoV in thePhilippines,” Domingo told reporters. A child from Nanjing, China who also arrived in Aklan with fever, meanwhile, is under observation, according to the province’s health officer. The Philippines has since halted flightsto and from Wuhan, home to 11 million people, and implemented tighter screeningfor fever and flu symptoms. (ABS-CBN News) Health officials earlier cleared from the illness 3 Chinese tourists with influenza-like symptoms who arrived at the Kalibo International Airport.center_img A flight attendant at the airport also placed herself in “self-quarantine” after exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus. Passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 pass in front of a thermal imaging machine used to look for possible signs of illness on January 23, 2020, as the country raises the alert to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China. ABS-CBN NEWS The Bureau of Immigration also trackeddown 4 Chinese tourists who arrived in Manila following exposure to a man whotested positive for the new coronavirus. The child in Cebu had tested positive for a non-specific coronavirus, prompting authorities to send his specimen to Australia to identify which strain he carried. Results are expected to be released by Tuesday, Domingo said.last_img read more

Alan Pardew: Patrick Bamford needs to “harden as a professional”

first_img “When you take a young player, you’re always hoping that it’s going to happen. It just didn’t work out. “Of course I think there’s a Premier League player in him – I wouldn’t have taken him on otherwise. “You have to understand that to jump into the Premier League in a team that’s doing well….it’s not like we’ve struggled this year. We’ve done very, very well. “People keep saying that our strikers haven’t scored but Yannick Bolasie has four goals through the middle. “Our strikers have scored. Connor (Wickham) has been terrific when he’s played. They’re good players to get in front of for a young player.” Pardew bears no grudge towards Bamford for his negative remarks at the start of the week. “He was a little bit emotional after the game and maybe he said some things that he regrets a little bit,” he said. “We have no problem with that. We all get emotional. I’ve said some bloody stupid things after games.” Patrick Bamford returns to Chelsea upon completion of his disappointing loan spell at Crystal Palace with advice from Alan Pardew that he needs to “harden as a professional”. Pardew insists Bamford, who excelled when on loan at Middlesbrough last season, was given “every chance” to make an impact at Selhurst Park and believes he will have learned an important lesson “Being lightweight is not a criticism I’ve heard or noticed in his game. He’s just not hardened yet,” Pardew said. “He needs to harden as a professional. This experience will harden him. He’s trained well and tried to get into the team. That’s hardening your mentality. “At Middlesbrough he was playing every week and training every week, it’s all good and flows nicely. “But it hasn’t flowed here, it’s a different experience. You’ve got to fight and this will harden him up.” Bamford’s spell at Palace was ended by the terms of the loan deal that had initially earmarked him to spend the entire season in south east London. “There was a break clause that if he didn’t play a certain number of games, Chelsea had the option to call him back. They’ve exercised that option,” Pardew said. “Really and truly, it only became apparent for me in the last three or four weeks that that might happen. Bamford made only nine appearances for the Eagles and was given just two starts, both of them in the Capital One Cup. The 22-year-old forward complained after Monday’s goalless draw with Swansea that his five months in south east London had been “terrible”, a comment he has since retracted with an apology. Press Associationlast_img read more