The Pucara was the product of an Argentinian Air Force ( Fuerza Aerea Argentina ) requirement for an aircraft to counteract guerilla warfare. It was named after the stone forts constructed by the original inhabitants of South America, and first flew on 20. August 1969.
It was capable, with rocket assistance, of taking off from an 80m. long airstrip.
It has two seats, with dual control, although in practise, it is usually flown with just one person.
The 1A-58A variant first flew on 8. November 1974, and was delivered to the Fuerza Aerea Argentina in 1976. In the same year it was used against rebels in North-West Argentina.