Type: Advanced Trainer / Light Ground Attack Aircraft
National Origin: Italy
Manufacturer(s): Aermacchi - Italy
Production Total: 761
Italy; Argentina; Australia; Dubai; Ghana; South Africa; Tunisia; Zaire; Zambia
Length: 35.01 feet (10.67 meters)
Width: 35.60 feet (10.85 meters)
Height: 12.20 feet (3.72 meters)
Weight (Empty): 6,535 lb (2,964 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 12,996 lb (5,895 kg)
1 x Rolls-Royce Viper 632-42 turbojet engine generating 4,000lbs of thrust.
Maximum Speed: 553 mph (890 kmh; 481 knots)
Maximum Range: 677 miles (1,090 km)
Service Ceiling: 41,010 feet (12,500 meters; 7.8 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 6,500 feet-per-minute (1,981 m/min)
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2 x 30mm internal cannons
Maximum external ordnance load of up to 4,000lbs of bombs, rockets and missiles. Mission-specific ordnance can include any of the following:
AS.12 wire-guided air-to-surface missiles
Matra R550 Magic air-to-air missiles
Additional Cannon Pods
MB.326 - Base Series Production Model Designation
MB.326A - Armed Variant never ordered; six underwing hardpoints.
MB.326B - Tunisian Export Model Designation
MB.326D - Unarmed Variant purchased by Alitalia.
MB.326E - Viper 11-powered variant for Italian purchase.
MB.326F - Ghana Export Variant
MB.326G - Fitted with more powerful Viper 20 Mk.540 powerplant; internal strengthening; increased weapons load.
MB.326H - Australian Export Variant produced in-country by CAC; retired from service in 2001.
MB.326K - Single-Seat Light Attack Aircraft; based on the MB.326K model with strengthened airframe and improved power from the Viper 20 powerplant; increased avionics equipment and fuel over the two-seat trainer variant; implementation of 2 x 30mm DEFA cannons.
MB.326KD - Dubai Export Model Designation
MB.326KB - Zaire Export Model Designation
MB.326KG - Ghana Export Model Designation
MB.326KM - South African Export Model Designation
MB.326KT - Tunisian Export Model Designation
Impala Mk 1 - Atlas-produced South African model.
Impala Mk 2 - Atlas-produced South African model.
MB.339 - Upgraded Successor of the MB.326 system series.
EMB-326 "Xavante" - Embraer license-built MB.326GC model.
MB.326L - Final two-seat variant production model.