GarryB wrote:No, their problem was that Britain took the latest model Sidewinders out of HATO stocks and use them when they were not supposed to... the US of course OKed that.
The Lima and Mike model Sidewinders they used allowed them to be launched from any angle with a good chance of a hit, but of course they tended to manouver to get a tail shot to increase the kill probability.
The Argentine pilots were incredibly brave and very skillful and got a few kills on ships using bombs which is not actually as easy as it sounds.
They often flew in low behind the radar shadow of the islands so they could roll in and sneak attack the ships in harbour or close to shore without alerting the Sea Harriers.
The fact that it was a small carrier with only helicopter based AEW meant it sat further off shore and away from the conflict area to keep it safer, and the low flight speed of the Harrier meant the ships it was supposed to be supporting didn't really get properly supported.
If they had a fixed will full sized carrier they could have used Phantoms and Buccaneers, which would have been much more capable and effective in the air superiority and attack roles respectively... they probably would not have lost any ships at all.
Air-to-air combat took place without the need to use the advantage on the English Sidewinders.
As I said, in this type of confrontation the United Kingdom had more experience than the Argentine pilots.
You focus too much on technical issues and forget the main thing: politics.
The Argentine Armed Forces were embedded in the National Security Doctrine, in which they were an element to control the population.
Therefore, they had more experience in bombing than in air-to-air combat.
They had a counterrevolutionary thought.
That is why so many precautions regarding Soviet armament.
With regard to the "Malvinas War", the original objective was to occupy with few troops to negotiate.
The situation became tense until it reached the war, and many errors entered there, all stemming from the original plan that had not prioritized a large supply of the islands, nor, for example, building a runway suitable for jet planes.
Other "mistakes" followed.
In my opinion, the main defect was that there was no will for a war to the last consequences with the United Kingdom, which had the support of the people.
It is enough to see that when the surrender of Puerto Argentino was known, a popular demonstration took place, which shouted: Do not surrender. which was suppressed.