Military Factory logo
Icon of a dollar sign
Icon of military officer saluting
Icon of F-15 Eagle military combat fighter aircraft
Icon of Abrams Main Battle Tank
Icon of AK-47 assault rifle
Icon of navy warships

Aermacchi MB.326

Advanced Trainer / Light Ground Attack Aircraft

Aermacchi MB.326

Advanced Trainer / Light Ground Attack Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The light attack Aermacchi MB.326 series was also made available in a popular twin-seat operational trainer.
National Flag Graphic
ORIGIN: Italy
YEAR: 1962
STATUS: Active, Limited Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Aermacchi - Italy
PRODUCTION: 761
OPERATORS: Italy; Argentina; Australia; Dubai; Ghana; South Africa; Tunisia; Zaire; Zambia
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Aermacchi MB.326 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
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 pounds (2,964 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 12,996 pounds (5,895 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Rolls-Royce Viper 632-42 turbojet engine developing 4,000lb of thrust.
SPEED (MAX): 553 miles-per-hour (890 kilometers-per-hour; 481 knots)
RANGE: 677 miles (1,090 kilometers; 589 nautical miles)
CEILING: 41,010 feet (12,500 meters; 7.77 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 6,500 feet-per-minute (1,981 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



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.


HISTORY



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.




MEDIA







General Assessment (BETA)
Firepower  
Performance  
Survivability  
Versatility  
Impact  


Rating: 36 (of 100)
The rating is an internal assessment derived from 60 total factors pertaining to this aircraft.
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
NYC
 
  LDN
LDN
 
  PAR
PAR
 
  BER
BER
 
  MSK
MSK
 
  TKY
TKY
 
  SYD
SYD
 
  LAX
LAX
 
  NYC
Graph showcases the Aermacchi MB.326K's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Useful in showcasing the era cross-over of particular aircraft/aerospace designs.
Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
761
761

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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


Altitude Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue