Argentina took delivery of its first Fightinghawks 20 years ago in December. Esteban G Brea reviews the fighterbomber’s service with the Argentine Air Force, which has included its fair share of setbacks.
OA/A-4AR in FAA service
In the wake of the 1982 Malvinas/ Falklands conflict, the Fuerza Aérea Argentina (FAA, Argentine Air Force) needed to replace its losses – which included no fewer than 19 A-4 Skyhawks – a task made more difficult by an international arms embargo. Buenos Aires managed to acquire Mirage IIICJ and Mirage 5P fighters from Israel and Peru respectively, while IA-58 Pucará attrition was made good by new units from the production line of the state-owned Fábrica Militar de Aviones (FMA).