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Created: 8/1/1997

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Weighing Fighter Purchase

" [officials recently expressed frustration about President Alarcon's indecisiveness in buying Russianighter aircraft,

fThcyecision needs to be made

soon lo enable strategic planning.

Alarcon. whose approval is required,

is concerned about theurchase would have onEcuadorian econoinyp

the military iss the best available

option to counter Peru's new lighters, and Alarcon appears persuaded thai Ecuador needs to counter Lima's air superiority. Alarcon may be holding out to see if Russia comes backetter deal or if Ecuador is presented with cheaper alternatives.

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Peruvian President Fujimori publicly has acknowledged thecquisition and praised the Air Force and its new aircraft, but he did divulge how manyeru had received or say anything abo

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