posted on May, 16 2006 @ 12:44 PM
Venezuela is considering selling its fleet of U.S. manufactured F-16's to a foreign nation, possibly Iran, or even Cuba. One of Chavez's top
advisors recommended selling the planes after Washington issued an arms ban to Venezuela on Monday. Even before the ban, Washington stopped selling
sensitive upgrades for the jets. Chavez is now considering purchasing Russian or Chinese aircraft to replace his fleet, if he does indeed decide to
sell his F-16's.
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela is considering selling its fleet of U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to another country, perhaps Iran, in response to a
U.S. ban on arms sales to President Hugo Chavez's government, a military official said Tuesday.
Even before the U.S. announced the ban on arms sales Monday, Washington had stopped selling Venezuela sensitive upgrades for the F-16s.
Chavez has previously warned he could share the U.S. jets with Cuba if Washington does not supply parts for the planes. He also has said he may look
into buying fighter jets from Russia or China instead.
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This is their property and they are free to sell it to whoever they wish. I do not necessarily see a threat in selling these jets to Iran, other than
the fact they may reverse engineer the technology, perhaps even help them advance their own air force. I would suggest he split the 21 jets to several
parties, to ensure maximum business profit.
Giving some of the jets to Cuba would not be very beneficial unless he also sold some to Iran. The three nations can establish their own trade
relations (seeing as the UN does not seem to like them very much) and Iran can supply upgrades to Cuba for their jets whenever they would need
If this government does decide to go through with their intentions, I wonder what the ramifications by the American government would be?
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[edit on 5/16/2006 by DYepes]