IA-58 Pucara, do or die.

A recent photo has shown the IA-58H, AX-561, re engine prototype leaving the paint shop with a new air superiority camouflage. This aircraft over a year ago suspended its flight tests to complete the analysis on the works done by FAdeA with engineering assistance of Israel Aircraft Industries to replace the obsolete Turbomeca Astazou XVI-G engines for new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-A62. With assistance from Israel Aircraft Industries, this meant to redesign the wing and to request Hartzell's development of a beta control, necessary to reverse the propeller. Upon this much delayed work, some sources in the Ministry of Defense, have disclosed rumors of an intended request of from 3 to less than a dozen aircraft to be serviced and reengined, but nothing yet of more complex works on the remaining fleet. This engine replacement would only address one (still very important) aspect of a valid combat aircraft well within the 21st century.

Argentine Army Aviation starts to overhaul its AB-206B1 and pushes for a scout conversion

Just recently, the Argentine Army Aviation and Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA)’s mechanics have begun to overhaul the AB-206B-1 helicopters received from the Italian Carabinieri a few months ago. The helicopters were out of service for years and became exposed to the open weather once the argentine agreement started to stall and the hangar was vacated. None the less, an agreement was signed and this generated the needed traction for the transfer process to start. Of these 20 aircraft, one is still in Italy which was used to perform on the job training for this overhaul and the other 19, already in Campo de Mayo Airstrip, are being sent in batches to Cordoba for the works to start. 5 of these will be transferred to the Gendarmeria Nacional Aviation Service and the other 15 will remain in the Army.