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Argentine Air Force deploys Texans for border patrol

19 February 2019
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The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) has begun border patrol operations using its recently acquired Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II turboprop trainer and light-attack aircraft.

Flown as part of the Operativo Fronteras (Border Operation), the Texans began their operations out of Resistencia Airport in the north of the country on 15 February.

The FAA is expected to receive 24 Texans in total, with the first batch of four aircraft supposed to be used for training only. However, given the lack of activity at the Military Aviation School, it was decided to press them into border patrol service instead.

For the mission, the Texans augment the Embraer Tucanos, IA-58 Pucarás, and IA-63 Pampas already patrolling the border.

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