FMA IA-58 Pucará

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FMA IA-58 Pucarà
Argentina Air Force FMA IA-58A Pucara Lofting-6.jpg
Two Pucarà in flight.
Role Attack aircraft
National origin Argentina
Manufacturer FMA
First flight 1969
Introduction 1976
Status Active
Primary user Argentina Air Force.
Number built 160

The FMA IA-58 Pucará is an Argentine military aircraft.[1] It is a twin-turboprops attack aircraft built in all-metal.

Operational history[change | change source]

Falklands War[change | change source]

Argentina Air Force used the Pucarà for attacks against Port Stanley and the British Army and the Royal Navy. Several of them were shot down by Sea Harrier and British commandos.

Sri Lanka Civil War[change | change source]

Sri Lanka used the Pucarà against the Tamils Tigers.[2]

Users[change | change source]

Argentina, Colombia, Sri Lanka, and Uruguay used this aircraft. Some are enough actives in Argentina in 2013. United Kingdom used one aircraft for trials, it was captured by British commandos.

References[change | change source]

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Frawley, Gerard, The international directory of military aircraft 2002/2003 . London: Aerospace Publication, 2002. ISBN 1-875671-55-2.
  • Gaillard, Pierre, Avions et hélicoptères militaires d'aujourd'hui Paris, France : Larivière éditions, 1999. ISBN 2-907051-24-5.
  • Taylor, John WR, Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1982–83. London : Jane's Yearbooks, 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0748-2

References[change | change source]

  1. "FMA IA-58 Pucara (Fortress) Counter-Insurgency Platform / Ground Attack Aircraft - Argentina".
  2. (in Spanish) Archived 2013-07-14 at the Wayback Machine