FMA IA-58 Pucará

1969 attack aircraft family by Fabrica Militar de Aviones

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

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

Operational historyEdit

Falklands WarEdit

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 WarEdit

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

UsersEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. "FMA IA-58 Pucara (Fortress) Counter-Insurgency Platform / Ground Attack Aircraft - Argentina". www.militaryfactory.com.
  2. (in Spanish)http://www.clubpucarero.com.ar/pucamundo.html Archived 2013-07-14 at the Wayback Machine