The acquisition by the Buenos Aires Police of a consignment of 15,000 Beretta PX4 Storm pistols, in a 9 mm caliber, amounting to some €5 millions, led to the legal complaint of the local manufacturer BERSA. The Argentine firm denounced in court the unreasonable costs of the deal although the national authorities have explained that this equipment is more modern and efficient than the local product. The inspector in Military Fabrications, Hector Lostri, has reported that the state body signed an agreement with the well-known Italian firm Pietro Beretta, with the intention of locally producing 30,000 PX4 pistols and at least 5,000 assault rifles.
The Italian firm will deliver the disarmed pistols and, already in the country, the FM company will assemble the pistols and deliver to their client. The reason why this acquisition did not go through a bidding process is that it is a Government-to-Government operation and is covered by existing regulations and agreements.