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FAdeA IA-73


Military Basic Trainer / Aerobatics Aircraft


Argentina | 2022



"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."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 02/12/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the FAdeA IA-73 Military Basic Trainer / Aerobatics Aircraft.
1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engine developing 1,000 horsepower and driving a four-bladed propeller in the nose.
Propulsion
311 mph
500 kph | 270 kts
Max Speed
13,123 ft
4,000 m | 2 miles
Service Ceiling
621 miles
1,000 km | 540 nm
Operational Range
3,000 ft/min
914 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
NYC
 
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LON
 
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PAR
 
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BER
 
  MOS
MOS
 
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TOK
 
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the FAdeA IA-73 Military Basic Trainer / Aerobatics Aircraft.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
25.6 ft
7.80 m
O/A Length
28.9 ft
(8.80 m)
O/A Width
9.8 ft
(3.00 m)
O/A Height
1,874 lb
(850 kg)
Empty Weight
3,307 lb
(1,500 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the FAdeA IA-73 family line.
IA-73 - Base Series Designation
"UNASUR I" - IA-73 offshoot being planned.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the FAdeA IA-73. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 4 Units

Contractor(s): Fabrica Argentina de Avions (FAdeA) - Argentina
National flag of Argentina National flag of Bolivia National flag of Ecuador

[ Argentina; Bolivia; Ecuador ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (311mph).

Graph Average of 300 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
4
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Mission Roles
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