As a result of the last dictatorship and of the disastrous experience of the 1982 Malvinas/Falklands War, public confidence in Argentina’s military institutions and competence severely eroded. Of greatest importance for this analysis, public distrust and the rise of democracy led to massive cuts in military personnel, creating an unprecedented small arms and light weapons surplus.
From a generous pre-war requirement of approximately 550,000 modern small arms and light weapons, the three armed services have seen their combined need decline to no more than an estimate of 127,500 weapons. Approximately 425,000 small arms have become superfluous.
Argentina’s use of MANPADS...