FMA IA-58 PUCARÁ

The FMA IA-58 Pucará arose from the request of the Argentine Air Force for a new light ground-attack aircraft. FMA, (Fabrica Militar de Aviones) presented a prototype in 1969 known as “AX-02 Delfín” that mounted two Garrett AiResearch turboprops that were finally changed by two Turbomeca Astazou in the series aircrafts. The Pucará is a very maneuverable low cost aircraft with excellent take-off capabilities on unprepared runways, suitable for small air forces and low intensity conflicts. The front windshield and the cockpit’s floor are armoured and protects the pilot of small arms fire. The armament consists of guns and machine guns pods and 1,500 kg of launch weapons in three hardpoints controlled by an 83A-3 SFOM aiming system. Twenty four aircraft were sent to the Falklands conflict, but all were destroyed and captured with very few successes in their combat missions. Currently Argentina has retired all Pucará in service except 1 or 2 of the “Fenix” version.

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Country of origin

Argentine

Builder

FMA (Fábrica Militar de Aviones)

Type

Ground attack aircraft

Entered service

1976

Crew

2

Combat weight

6,800 kg

Dimensions (length x wingspan x height)

14.25 x 14.50 x 5.36 meters

Wing area

30.30 m2

Power plant

2 x Turboméca Astazou XVIG turboprops, 978 hp each

Power, (total)

1,956 hp

Speed

Max. 500 km/h – Cruise 430-480 km/h

Climb rate

1,080 meters per minute

Ceiling, (maximum)

10,000 meters

Range

3,700 km

Combat radius

With 1,500 kg ordnance, 224 km – With 800 kg ordnance, 574 km

Armament

2 x 20mm HS.804 fixed guns + 4 x 7.62mm fixed FN MGs and 3 hardpoints for 1,500 kg of ordnance

Production

116