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FAdeA IA-73

Argentina (2019)
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The FAdeA IA-73 - developed by a South American consortium - is set to compete with other straight-wing, prop-driven basic trainers around the globe.


Detailing the development and operational history of the FAdeA IA-73 Military Basic Trainer / Aerobatics Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 6/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The primary (basic) trainer still represents the starting point for all military pilots before they can graduate to more advanced platforms and, as such, most every major world military air service commits to some variant of twin-seat, straight-winged, prop-driven form. Argentina Aircraft Factory (FAdeA), whose last notable project was the IA-63 "Pampa" series, has been reinvigorated by way of renationalization and taken the lead in developing and producing a local solution to a growing problem facing the Argentine Air Force.

Initially, procurement and local production of foreign types was researched but it was eventually decided that an internal effort to produce the trainer was in order - with exportation also a goal of the program. The result has become the "IA-73" with financial backing from Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador (Brazil, while standing as the largest financial contributor to the program, has not revealed active plans to purchase the I.A.73 for the basic trainer role). As it stands, the Argentine Air Force is set to procure fifty of the aircraft while Venezuela and Ecuador are earmarked for twenty-four and eighteen apiece.

FAdeA had planned to build a pair of prototypes for actual flight testing and a pair of static units for structural testing. It is planned to introduce the I.A.73 into Argentina service sometime in 2017.

The finalized design follows a conventional arrangement seating its crew of two in tandem under a long, largely windowed, canopy set over midships. The engine is fitted to the nose in the usual way with the wing mainplanes set at midships as well. The tail is traditional in its arrangement, completed with a single vertical fin and low-set horizontal planes. The wheeled undercarriage is of a tricycle arrangement. Internally, the cockpits will house a digital, all-glass cockpit (presumably of Israeli origin) and made inherently modular / expandable to suit future requirements. Military variants of the aircraft will sport "Zero-Zero" ejection seats. Propulsion power is expected to come from a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engine driving a four-bladed propeller at the nose - though there is also talk of introducing a Chinese-branded engine for non-Western-aligned customers.

Beyond the presented military training role, the I.A.73 will also be marketed as an aerobatics performer, showcasing strong agility qualities and may find plenty of takers in the budget-conscious civilian market as a well.

Structural dimensions and performance specifications presented on this page are estimates on the part of the author.

Any available statistics for the FAdeA IA-73 Military Basic Trainer / Aerobatics Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (311mph).

    Graph average of 300 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Argentina
Year: 2019
Type: Military Basic Trainer / Aerobatics Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Fabrica Argentina de Avions (FAdeA) - Argentina
Production: 4
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
Argentina; Bolivia; Ecuador
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the FAdeA IA-73 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
25.59 ft


Meters
7.8 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
28.87 ft


Meters
8.8 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
9.84 ft


Meters
3 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,874 lb


Kilograms
850 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
3,307 lb


Kilograms
1,500 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engine developing 1,000 horsepower and driving a four-bladed propeller in the nose.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
311 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
500 kph


Knots
270 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
621 mi


Kilometers
1,000 km


Nautical Miles
540 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
13,123 ft


Meters
4,000 m


Miles
2.49 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
3,000 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
914 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• IA-73 - Base Series Designation
• "UNASUR I" - IA-73 offshoot being planned.