The key aircraft Argentina used in the Falklands War

The weaponry and tactics employed by Argentine forces during the 1982 Malvinas/Falklands conflict remain a source of fascination and some confusion – exacerbated, perhaps, by the relative scarcity of images. Santiago Rivas presents a revealing overview of the main Argentine aircraft used in the conflict

Preparing to start the engine of a Mirage IIIEA at BAM Río Gallegos
All images via author unless otherwise stated.
An A-4C, armed with three BRP bombs, takes on fuel from a KC-130H Hercules on May 1, 1982
S Rivas


Dassault Mirage IIIEA

Construction: 507 Mirage IIIE single-seaters were produced, including licence-built examples in Australia and Switzerland. A further 122 Mirage IIIB and ’D two-seaters were made

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