Argentine state military-aviation contractor Fábrica Argentina de Aviones has announced that it has completed its fifth IA-63 Pampa III jet trainer, which is now scheduled for delivery to the Argentine Air Force.
In 2015 a prototype of the third version of the IA-63 Pampa was introduced to the press. However, rampant inflation and a severe recession had made impossible for the Argentine government to finance the manufacturing of any of the promised planes. In 2016, a new Argentinian government allowed progress to be made and the first flight of the “Pampa III” took place the same year.
The first Pampa III made its maiden flight in September 2018.
The Argentine Air Force is expecting to receive one more Pampa III by year’s end, concluding the service’s most recent three unit order for the new variant. The government’s total order for the aircraft presently sits at nine units, with contracts and deliveries being implemented in staggered groups of three units each.
To date, the Pampa III programme and the consistently implemented production schedule for the new model has marked something of a resurgence for FAdeA which had struggled to design to and implement new-build aviation programs in the years following the 1990s and onward owing to the country’s sustained economic and structural problems.
The Pampa III, a development of the company’s successful IA-63 Pampa dating from the mid-1980s, represents a return to the company’s capacity for guiding an indigenous project from the planning stage to the factory floor, say the firm.