Venezuela Gives Ecuador Six Mirage 50 Jets

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Venezuela Gives Ecuador Six Mirage 50 Jets

QUITO - Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced September 28 he will receive six Mirage 50 jets "in good condition" donated by Venezuela, amid concerns of a South American arms race.

"Venezuela wants to give us six Mirage jets ... we are going to accept them," Correa said in the northern town of Ibarra.

Correa added that the country was discussing the purchase of a further 12 jets from South Africa and 24 Super Tucano fighters from Brazil, as well as radar systems and helicopters.

It is just the latest sign of a military build up in South America and what the United States has warned could become an arms race.

Venezuela, led by leftist President Hugo Chavez, recently announced a $2.2 billion from Russia to buy weapons.

The purchases have come as tensions have grown between Ecuador, its Venezuelan ally and Colombia over support of leftist Colombian rebels and Bogota's agreement to allow the United States to use Colombian military bases.

Venezuela Gives Ecuador Six Mirage 50 Jets - Defense News
 

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Hugo Chavez is a loose cannon and is out to prove himself a big headache to the US.

On one hand they don't have money to develop their Oil fields, and are depending on a Chinese financial package of US $ 16 Billion over a period of 5 years to increase the production of crude oil, and are busy with a huge shopping list of Arms.
 

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he wanted to be strong nation against US,
this means he need to be more powerful then now,
means almost equal to India of now in after 10yrs,
he is dreaming big, will it suceed?
only god knows....
 

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Hugo Chavez is paranoid aobut invasion,every second day he asks his guys to prepare.
 

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he knew the US is busy in Iraq and Afghan with their burning hands and has no chance of invasion of Venezuela, if US concentrates on Venezuela its with in week , it can invade it.
 

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Talking business.

These jets in sometime will need a replacement. Fortunately by then our LCA MK-1 will obtain FOC. Will it not be better, if we start lobbying for LCA as a replacement for these Mirages just after LCA obtains IOC? ALH in FAE is our plus point.
 

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