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FMA Pucara IA 58A Bomber

The FMA IA 58 Pucará was designed by Fábrica Militar de Aviones as a ground-attack and counter-insurgency aircraft and became operational in 1976, serving primarily with the Argentine Air Force. A total of approximately 165 aircraft had been produced when production ceased in 1986. The Pucara was extensively used in the Falklands War by the Argentine Air Force, the runways on the island being two short to operate it's jet aircraft from. It is of note that the only confirmed Argentinean air-to-air victory achieved during the conflict was achieved when a Pucara IA 58A shot down a Royal Marines Wesland Scout helicopter.

FMA Pucara IA 58A Bomber Plane

 

The Pucará pictured above is serial number A-515, it is one of five captured during the Falklands War and shipped to the UK, this particular Pucara was taken to Boscombe Down for assessment by the RAF and is now on display at the RAF Museum at Cosford.

FMA Pucara IA 58A Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot and co-pilot
  • Length: 14.25 m (46 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 14.5 m (47 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 5.36 m (17 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 30.3 m² (326.16 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 4020 kg (8862 lb)
  • Gross weight: 6800 kg (14991 lb)
  • Engines: Twin 729 kW (978 hp) Turbomeca Astazou XVIG turboprops
  • Maximum speed: 500 km/h (310 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 430 km/h (267 mph)
  • Range: 3710 km (2305 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 10000 m (31800 ft)

FMA Pucara IA 58A Armament:

  • Twin 20 mm Hispano-Suiza HS.804 auto-cannon
  • Four 7.62 mm FM M2-20 machine guns

Three hardpoints for up to 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) of munitions which may include any of the following:

  • Gun pods

  • Bombs

  • Rockets

  • Mines

  • Torpedoes
 

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