Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation
Aeritalia AM.3C (Italy)
Developed jointly by Aerfer and Aeronautica Macchi for forward air control, observation, liaison, transport of passengers and cargo, casualty evacuation, tactical support of ground forces and similar duties. The
first of three prototypes flew on 12 May 1967. Produced to meet orders from the South African Air Force ( 40; known in that country as the Bosbok) and the Rwanda Air Force (3). Normal accommodation for two persons in tandem, with dual controls. Provision at rear for two stretchers or a rear seat for one or two persons or freight. Large diversity of armament can be carried on two underwing pylons (standard), each able to carry 170 kg (375 1b) of stores, including machine-guns, rockets, bombs and missiles. Alternatively reconnaissance packs can be fitted under or inside the fuselage.
Data: Engine one 253.5 kW (340 hp) Piaggio-built Lycoming GSO-480-B1B6 flat-six Wing span 11.73 m (38 ft 6 in) Length 8.73 m (28 ft 8 in) Max T-O weight 1,700 kg (3,750 lb) Max level speed at 2,440 m (8,000 ft) at normal T-O weight 278 km/h (173 mph) Range 990 km (615 miles)
Aeritalia AM.3C (340 hp Lycoming GSO-480-B1B6 engine), built for the air forces ot South Africa and Rwanda
Photograph of the production version of the Aeritalia-Aermacchi AM-3C for South Africa.
Aeritalia AM.3C (340 hp Lycoming GSO-480-B1B6 engine), ordered by the air forces of South Africa and Rwanda
Aeritalia/Macchi AM.3C Bosbok 930. Forty of these Italian-built AOP aircraft were delivered to the S.A.A.F.
Aermacchi Aerfer MA-3 military observation aircraft
Aeritalia AM.3C three/four-seat general-purpose military aircraft
General arrangement drawing of the production version of the Aeritalia-Aermacchi AM-3C for South Africa.