Peru Eyes New Fighter Jets

Peru Eyes New Fighter Jets

Peru is evaluating various fighter jets to replace its ageing French Mirage 2000 and Russian MiG-29 fighter jets. Spain-based Infodefensa has reported that the Peruvian Air Force inspects offers from the ROK, France, and the U.S. Currently, the officials favoured KF-21 Boramae of ROK and Rafale of France over other options like Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16, and F/A-18.

The emergence of ROK isn’t a surprise, given that South American countries will acquire FA-50 LCA and are discussing joining the KF-21 programme. The contract for FA-50s is expected to be finalised at the end of 2024. 

For KF-21’s case, the eagerness of the ROK to include Peru can be traced to Indonesia curtailing its involvement due to technical and financial disputes. Compared to the other 4.5th generation aircraft, the KF-21 possesses better low-observability characteristics with its outer layout despite carrying its weapons externally for the time being. On the other hand, the interest in French Rafale can be connected with the fact that Peru has used another French fighter jet for decades. 

Compared to its predecessor as a multirole fighter, Rafale offers new capabilities like AESA radar, Meteor ramjet-powered BVRAAM, and overall increased payload capacity. With Peru’s rough terrain in mind, the aircraft’s landing gear to handle adverse landing stresses is also a bonus.