Argentina’s Army Aviation Command has acquired three second-hand Diamond DA42 Twin Star aircraft for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. They were acquired from Mohawk Technologies of Lantana, Florida, which supplied them through an exchange deal for the Army’s eight surviving Grumman OV-1D Mohawks, which had been out of service for several years, but kept in storage. Five Mohawks are already in service with the US company, which had previously also supported the Argentine examples while they were still operational.
The aircraft were ferried to Argentina in January and will replace the retired Mohawks in the ISR role. The latter were operated by Intelligence and Support Squadron 601 as part of Army Aviation Group 601 at Campo de Mayo, which will now fly the new DA42s.
The DA42s have not yet been fitted with their ISR equipment, which will be installed locally in Argentina. This will include a gyro-stabilised Polytech Cobalt 350 turret with daylight and thermal imaging systems, together with a Scotty satellite communications datalink for sharing images and data in real time with ground stations. Alan Warnes