Last call for the Pucará

Latin America

One of III Brigada Aérea’s last IA-58 Pucarás departs Villa Reynolds for a Dédalo training mission.
Santiago Rivas

THIS YEAR’S Dédalo exercise staged by the Fuerza Aérea Argentina (FAA, Argentine Air Force) was the last involving the IA-58 Pucará operating in its original counter-insurgency and ground-attack roles. The manoeuvres were centred on the V Brigada Aérea in Villa Reynolds, San Luis province, and began on September 5. Together with its last Pucarás, the III Brigada Aérea also deployed EMB-312A Tucanos from its Reconquista base in Santa Fe. The Tucanos will replace the Pucará on border patrol duties.

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