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November 4, 2011

AAF selects Pratt & Whitney for Pucara aircraft upgrade

The Argentine Air Force (AAF) has selected Pratt & Whitney's (P&W) PT6A-62 engine for the powerplant upgrade of the twin-engine Pucara aircraft programme.

The Argentine Air Force (AAF) has selected Pratt & Whitney’s (P&W) PT6A-62 engine for the powerplant upgrade of the twin-engine Pucara aircraft programme.

The company will deliver the PT6A-62 engine to Pucara aircraft manufacturer Fabrica Militar de Aviones (FAdeA) for the upgrade programme.

The PT6A turboprop engine offers 500-2,000hp with a high degree of reliability over a wide range of military applications.

The Pucara is a twin-engine ground attack and counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft, deployed by AAF for air-to-ground attack, intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The air force currently operates 30 Pucara aircraft.

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