F-16 Fighting Falcon News

Chile to decide on warplane purchase end-May

May 3, 1998 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Chilean authorities will make a decision at the end of this month on which aircraft to buy to renew the Air Force's aging fleet.

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Chile is choosing between the Swedish JAS 39 Grippen, the French Mirage2000-5 made by Dassault, the F-18 made by McDonnell Douglas, and Lockheed Martin's F-16. Chile wants to buy about 16 aircraft, the equivalent of a squadron, all of the same model, and plans to spend about $600 million.