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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 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.
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