Aermacchi MB326K (Late)

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Description: In the 1950s, various air forces were projecting and building various trainer aircraft, and Italy did the same. The MB326 was projected by the engineer Ermanno Bazzocchi to give the Italian Air Force a new trainer aircraft that could also be used as a ground attack. After various changes to the starting project requested by the Aereonautica Militare, the two prototypes were started in 1956, and the first one flew for the first time at Lonate di Pozzolo on December 10, 1957, with the pilot Guido Carestiato. It was produced in a very large number of variants and exported to a lot of countries. On August 22, 1970, the first prototype of the one-seat version of the MB326, called the MB326K, made its flight. This variant was specifically made to be a light ground attack aircraft. Despite the very good performance of the aircraft, the Italian Air Force preferred the G91Y istead, and only two prototypes were put into service at the Reparto di volo Sperimentale in the Italian Air force. The two aircraft were fitted with a new camo and used for various tests and training, such as weaponry. They were also used to sponsor the aircraft at various airshows. The two machines operated by the Italian Air Force were in service for over 20 years, and after their decommission, they were both put in charge as gate guards, the first at Zagarolo and the second at Pratica di Mare. Talking about the difference between this and the other 326, it was a single seat with an improved engine, the Viper 632-43, an armored cockpit, and two 30 mm DEFA cannons mounted on the fusulage. But there are differences between the two prototypes used by the Italian air force: the first one (the early one) was the one fitted with the less powerful Viper 20-540 engine and ADEN 30 mm cannons while the second one (late) was equipped with DEFA 30 mm cannon and the more powerful Viper 632-43 engine with a better trusth and the capability of carry more weight.(the one of this suggestion)

Why it should be in the game: Currently the Italian air TT expecially in the ground attack aircraft line is empty. There is the literal nothing between 8.3 to 11.7 This aircraft like all the other cariantof 326 will help a lot the TT giving very powerfoul CAS for ground RB.

Specifications

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Length: 10.65 m (34 ft 11 in)
Wingspan: 10.85 m (35 ft 7 in) with tip-tanks
Height: 3.72 m (12 ft 2 in)
Wing area: 19.35 m2 (208.3 sq ft)
Airfoil: root: NACA 64A114; type: NACA 64A212[66]
Gross weight: 2,685 kg (5,919 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 4,577 kg (10,091 lb) full internal fuel, wing-tip and underwing tanks
Fuel capacity: internals and tip-tanks: 1,392 L (368 US gal; 306 imp gal); internal fuel, wing-tip and underwing tanks: 2,056 L (543 US gal; 452 imp gal)
Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Siddeley Viper 632-43 engine
Maximum speed: 899 km/h (539 mph, 468 kn)
Cruise speed: 797 km/h (495 mph, 430 kn)
Never exceed speed: 871 km/h (541 mph, 470 kn) / M0.82 maximum diving speed
Range: 1,850 km (1,150 mi, 1,000 nmi)
Fuselage and tip-tanks with 113 L (30 US gal; 25 imp gal) reserve
Ferry range: 2,445 km (1,519 mi, 1,320 nmi)
Fuselage, under-wing and tip-tanks with 113 L (30 US gal; 25 imp gal) reserve
Service ceiling: 14.325 m (46.998 ft)
Rate of climb: 30.733 m/s (6,049.8 ft/min) at sea level
Time to altitude: 6,100 m (20,000 ft) in four minutes and ten seconds
12,200 m (40,000 ft) in 13 minutes and five seconds

Armaments

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2x 30 mm Defa cannons
2x 30 mm cannon pod
2x 12.7 mm Machinegun pod
6x SUU-11 A/A 7.62 Minigun pod
6x 68 mm Matra roket launchers
6x Matra LR-155 roket launcher
6x Mk-82 bombs
6x SAMP-250 bombs
6x SAMP-250 re-tarded bombs
12x 127 mm HVAR Rokets
6x 127 mm Matra roket launchers
6x SNEI low drag bombs
36x BAP-100 bombs
6x Durandal (Blu-107)
24x Zuni mk-32 rokets launcher
2x 300 liters feul tank
6x LR-25 rokets launcher
6x BL755 bombs
2x Matra R550 Magic Air to air missile
24x SAMP-81 Bombs
6x Matra SAMP-500 bombs
6x Matra SAMP-330 bombs
6x Matra SAMP Type 25 bombs
24x Matra SAMP-83 bombs
6x Matra Belouga Bombs
6x AS-11 ATGM
6x AS-12 ATGM
other unguided bombs and rokets

Sources

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Aermacchi MB 326 K primo prototipo - A.M.I. R.S.V. - 1974 - scala 1/48
Aermacchi MB-326 - Wikipedia
Aermacchi MB.326
Aermacchi MB-326
Aermacchi MB-326 & MB-339
Dario Funghini “MODELLISMO STATICO E COLLEZIONISMO PER TUTTI I GUSTI”: MB326K UN COMBATTENTE POCO NOTO
https://www.aeronautica.difesa.it/2023/06/15/mb-326k/

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This is an absolute must and its criminal that it hasn’t been added yet!
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Would love to see both variants.

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+1. My favourite Italian jet.

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Love these light attack trainers. +1

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+1 yes to the best mb326

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