Can any of the Chilean members post more photos of the Chilean military's dress uniforms? Personally I think its the last old school uniforms left and imho the coolest looking dress uniform of them all. Call me a "nazi-lover", but I love the German influence. Truly worthy of a proper army. btw, yeah yeah I know its actually "Prussian" inspired/influence as Chile received a lot of Prussian advisers and support in the past when they first formed their military. Just saying the last armed forces that wore something similar was Nazi Germany's Wehrmacht . Nothing to be ashamed of either, the Wehrmacht proved to be one well tuned fighting machine.
Also, your equipment and fighting assets look great too, well maintained, well trained and brilliant good looking. Somebody got style...
Chile completes modernization of air power with 44 F16s
Chilean Defence minister Francisco Vidal and Air Force Commander General Ricardo Ortega announced this week that Chile had completed the renovation of its air power with the purchase of 18 F-16s from Holland, 12 Brazilian Super Tucano for training purposes, three KC 135 transport aircrafts and 12 Bell 412 helicopters.
“All those who are looking at us know we have a strong military presence and the capacity to hit back and hard”, said General Ortega who nevertheless insisted Chile was not involved in a regional arms race.
The aircrafts are scheduled to begin arriving in mid February, the first of which one of the KC 135 that will be used for re-fuelling combat aircrafts in the air. Following that will begin to arrive the Super Tucanos and the rest of the helicopters (six are already in Chile).
With the refurbished F16s from Holland, the first six expected next October, the Chilean Air Force will have a total fleet of 44, a few purchased directly from the US while the rest decommissioned mostly in Europe.
The 18 F-16s from Holland involved 270 million US dollars according to Santiago press reports.
Chile’s first line of combat made up of the 44 F-16s and another 16 F-5s “has Chile with a potential and deployment capacity among the top places in Latinamerica, in power, technology and modernization”, said Minister Vidal.
“We have the capacity to hit back and strongly so it’s better they leave us quiet”, added General Ortega.
“Chile has grown, we are stronger economically and we have to guarantee security to Chileans so we can continue to grow and expand, and the modernization program is part of that process and the Air Force’s contribution” said Ortega.
The general anticipated that a new review of equipment and capability is planned to take place in 2015.
Chile operates former Belgian AIFV-B's, not the Dutch YPR-765. Note for example the smoke grenade launchers that are mounted on the turret sides, not the hull front.
I was wondering if it is correct that Chile has no Dutch AIFVs at all. In July 2007 the Dutch minister of Defence announced that Chile had signed a contract for the delivery of 18 AIFV Cargo (Dutch designation YPR-765 PRVR-A or PRVR-B). Delivery was expected to take place in 2008.
Talking about Dutch armour in Chile, has anyone seen further news about the planned delivery of surplus Leopard-1V1 by Chile to Ecuador?