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Aermacchi MB.326

Italy (1962)
Picture of Aermacchi MB.326 Advanced Trainer / Light Ground Attack Aircraft
Picture of Aermacchi MB.326 Advanced Trainer / Light Ground Attack Aircraft

The light attack Aermacchi MB.326 series was also made available in a popular twin-seat operational trainer.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Aermacchi MB.326 Advanced Trainer / Light Ground Attack Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/13/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Aermacchi MB.326 series of aircraft has become one of the most successful blends of operational trainer and light attack capabilities. Developed during the Cold War in 1957, the Aermacchi-produced two-seat trainer was already being designed with frontline light strike duty in mind. As the trainer went into production and service, the results were impressive enough to warrant the development of the single seat K model.

The MB.326K (or MB-326K) was a single-seat, single-engine derivative of the twin seat trainer brand. The removal of the instructor's seating position at rear allowed for increased stowage for more avionics systems and more fuel stores. The additional of twin 30mm DEFA cannons was also introduced with the K model to compliment the already existing and impressive 6-hardpoint configuration.

Finding some success in the export market, the system was also produced under license by Atlas for South Africa. Equally effective as a trainer or light strike aircraft, the Aermacchi MB.326 series made a name for itself in either role. It was succeeded by the upgraded Aermacchi MB.339 series of aircraft.

Incidentaly, the "B" prefix in the designation is derived from its designer - Doctor Ing Ermano Bazzochi.

Any available statistics for the Aermacchi MB.326 Advanced Trainer / Light Ground Attack 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).




General Assessment (BETA)
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Rating: 72 (of 100)
The rating is an internal assessment derived from forty factors pertaining to this entry.
Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (553mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Aviation Era
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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: Italy
Year: 1962
Type: Advanced Trainer / Light Ground Attack Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Aermacchi - Italy
Production: 761
Status: Active, Limited Service
Global Operators:
Italy; Argentina; Australia; Dubai; Ghana; South Africa; Tunisia; Zaire; Zambia
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 Aermacchi MB.326K model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
35.01 ft


Meters
10.67 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
35.60 ft


Meters
10.85 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
12.20 ft


Meters
3.72 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
6,535 lb


Kilograms
2,964 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
12,996 lb


Kilograms
5,895 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Rolls-Royce Viper 632-42 turbojet engine developing 4,000lb of thrust.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
553 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
890 kph


Knots
481 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
677 mi


Kilometers
1,090 km


Nautical Miles
589 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
41,010 ft


Meters
12,500 m


Miles
7.77 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
6,500 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
1,981 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (6):

STANDARD:
2 x 30mm internal cannons

OPTIONAL:
Maximum external ordnance load of up to 4,000lb of bombs, rockets and missiles. Mission-specific ordnance can include any of the following:

Drop Bombs
AS.12 wire-guided air-to-surface missiles
Matra R550 Magic air-to-air missiles
Unguided Rockets
Additional Cannon Pods
Reconnaissance Pods
Variants: Series Model Variants
• 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.326GC
• 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.