Escuadron de Apoyo Comando, or EAC
The Argentine Air Force maintains a small company-sized special operations unit known as Escuadron de Apoyo Comando, or EAC. The unit traces its history back to 1947, when the Air Force formed the country's first jump school and airborne unit. The unit was originally known as the 13th Parachute Regiment and operated under Army control until an official Army airborne unit was raised. Over the years the Air Force's airborne unit was gradually regulated to secondary role, with the Army's Special Forces Group becoming the country's primary special ops force. The 13th Parachute Regiment was reduced in size and re-designated the Grupo de Operaciones Especiales, or GOE before finally evolving into its current composition as the EAC. Currently all of the units members are qualified HALO parachutists and specialize in conducting LRRP missions.
Since its formation the unit has steadily expanded its capabilities, receiving training from US Army Special Forces Mobile Training Teams (MTT), the US Army School of the Americas, and the recently closed US Army Jungle Operations Training Center (JOTC) in Panama. Individual unit members have also attended training at Ft. Bragg, NC.
Weapons in use by the unit include the HK G-41 5.56mm assault rifles with HK-79 40 mm grenade launchers, Remington 870 12-guage shotguns, HK G-33 5.56mm assault rifles, HK MP-5 SD-6 SMGs, HK-69 40mm grenade launchers, fixed and retractable stock HK MP-5 A1 9mm SMGs, HK MP5-K 9mm SMGs, Browning HI-POWER 9 mm pistols, Walter PPK pistols with silencer, HK P9S pistols, FAMAE S.A.F. SMGs with and with out silencers.