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Avión COIN A-67 Dragon

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Avión COIN A-67 Dragon

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El A-67 Dragon, una aeronave ligera destinada a operaciones contrainsurgencia (COIN), inteligencia, vigilancia y reconocimiento (ISR) diseñado por US Aicrafts Corporation, empresa integrada mayormente por ex integrantes de la USAF.

Según su presidente, Ray Williams la aeronave fue diseñada siguiendo las recomendaciones y pedidos una gran cantidad de pilotos, encargados de mantenimiento y expertos en operaciones aéreas. En tal sentido el mantenimiento y operación del A-67 tendrá un costo muy bajo, no se requerirán herramientas especiales ni personal técnico altamente capacitado. El A-67 estará propulsado por el clásico PT&A-68/3 que le proporcionará 1.600 shp de potencia máxima continua, permitiéndole alcanzar una velocidad máxima del orden de los 550 km/h a nivel del mar y de 650 km/h a 20.000 pies ( 6.600 mts).

Dispondrá de un blindaje conformado en la cabina y el motor, todos los sistemas serán redundantes, los depósitos de combustible auto-sellantes y el parabrisas también será blindado.
La gran novedad es que el A-67 contará con un paracaídas balístico de recuperación que le permitirá a los tripulantes ante una falla de motor o daños de importancia, accionar el mismo y así la aeronave se posará en tierra de un modo seguro permitiendo así preservar la vida de los pilotos sin que la aeronave se de por perdida.

US Aicrafts Corp. asegura una autonomía máxima de 11 horas con un depósito ventral adicional, unos 1.600 kg de armamento en 4 afustes subalares que le permitiràn portar cohetes, barquillas con ametralladoras, bombas convencionales, bombas de guía laser y hasta algunos modelos de misiles aire-suelo y aire-aire. A requerimiento del usuario se podrá instalar una torreta retráctil por detrás del ala con un sistema Star SAFIRE II que incluye una cámara térmica, una cámara de TV de baja luminosidad con zomm digital y un telémetro-marcador láser con un alcance de hasta 20 kilómetros, ideal para marcar blancos para el uso de bombas o misiles guiados por láser.


Según Williams, unos 12 países de Africa, Sudeste Asiático, Medio Oriente y Latinoamérica han establecido contacto para tener mayores detalles de la aeronave. El precio del A-67 con la torreta Safire incluída, es de 6 millones de dólares. El modelo admitirá algunos equipos adicionales tal como sistemas de alerta radar, equipos detectores de misiles o lanzaseñuelos, computadoras de misión, sistemas encriptados de comunicaciones y Datalink; equipos no previstos en el precio de lista.

El A-67 apunta como primera medida a quedarse con el concurso COIN de Irak, donde intentará competir frente a dos monstruos: el Super Tucano y el AT-6 Texan II. Simultáneamente realizará una gran campaña ya que una aeronave de éstas características y con el equipamiento ofrecido supera el costo del A-67 por 2 o 3 millones de dólares. Aún así, el futuro que tiene por delante será muy duro, ya que generalmente los países que requieren de éste tipo de aeronaves no cuentan con los presupuestos para adquirir ejemplares nuevos. El mercado tendrá la última palabra, aunque con el tema de las llamadas "guerras asimétricas" el concepto COIN está de regreso.
---(INFORMACION VIEJA PERO ES LO UNICO QUE ENCONTRE EN ESPAÑOL - HITMAN)
http://desarrolloydefensa.blogspot.de/2009/01/avion-coin-67-dragon.html

De la Pagina de la compañia productora US Aircraft Corporation:

In 2003 Mr. Williams began working with retired Air Force pilot Brigadier General Charles Jones on aircraft maintenance issues. As they worked on identifying solutions, discussions arose about limitations in military aircraft, specifically for Second and Third World allied countries. General Jones worked with various allied countries to help identify aircraft part suppliers to maintain the worn-out fleets. It was brought to Mr. Williams’ attention that after WWII the United States had given its allies hand-me down aircraft in order to establish their own air fleets. Since that time the United States continued to advance its own aircraft and no longer used the older models, such as the A-37 or F-5. This caused reductions and eventually elimination of specific aircraft parts to service the older models. The increases in technology proved successful and adequate for the U.S. but caused financial strains on other countries, making it virtually impossible to buy and or maintain new aircraft.

Limitations of United States aircraft were also becoming evident. The enemy was no longer in the air, reducing the need to maintain air superiority with fighter jets. Today’s enemy travels on foot or in vehicles armed with weapons for close range attacks. The need for border patrol also increased with a rise in terrorism and illegal drug trafficking. Aviation Week noted that the Pentagon has taken notice of these changes and is interested in developing a dedicated counter-insurgency operations (COIN) fleet and capability. A Request for Information, which was released in 2005 also confirmed that there is an interest for a new type of aircraft, specifically with commercial-off-the-shelf products.


In order to identify a solution, Mr. Williams and General Jones formed an advisory team. The team was made up of seven retired Air Force personnel, with expertise in areas such as operations, logistics, tactics, training, flight test, human factors and displays, maintenance and combat. Edward Luttwak, Senior Advisor for the Center for Strategic International Studies was also added to the team to give additional insight on the international market.

By 2006 US Aircraft Corporation released the A-67 for its first test flight. The A-67 was designed to be cost effective, easy to maintain and versatile for use in various missions. It will have the ability to meet close air support needs without the expense, training and maintenance current markets provide. Some of its key cost saving features is the skin, large fuel capacity, excellent load and horse capabilities and a lighter yet durable airframe. Its university and research center partners will be working with the corporation to research, develop and incorporate three new advanced technologies.
http://usaircraftcorp.com/aircraft.php


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Re: Avión COIN A-67 Dragon

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The A-67 Dragon Fact Sheet
Unique Technologies and Capabilities
• Lightweight armor design using leading-edge polymer, ceramic and metals
technology
• Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68 turboprop engine, rated at 1,600 shp (shaft
horsepower) allows an armament payload exceeding 3,600 lbs. (1630 kg)
• Durable mission-driven design for hostile environments and off-runway use
• Can achieve 11 hours of loiter on target on internal fuel and air speeds ranging
from 85 to 370 knots
Survivability
• Redundancy of systems
• No hydraulic systems
• Armor-protected engine and cockpit
• Self-sealing tanks, fire-blocking foam
• Protected routing of cables, lines and push tubes
• Designed to withstand small arms fire
• Whole aircraft ballistic parachute recovery system

Maintainability
• Easy access to all parts and controls
• Simple mechanical controls to flight surface
• Plug and play avionics
• Commercial off-the-shelf-based components
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Re: Avión COIN A-67 Dragon

Mensaje por Hitman el 30/5/2012, 3:23 am

A-67 Dragon - Multipurpose Aircraft
Nimble airplane performs a number of roles with the U.S. military.

The A-67 Dragon is a small and affordable attack aircraft that is used by the U.S. military for a number of different missions.

Ground Attacks

The A-67 Dragon is a single engine, propeller driven airplane. It can only hold two people inside it and is relatively cheap to purchase and operate as it does not have the high tech equipment of many modern military attack aircraft. However, the A-67 Dragon is still a deadly aircraft used by the U.S. military for operations and missions that include ground attacks, close air support, counter-insurgency, intelligence gathering, reconnaissance and surveillance.

The A-67 Dragon first entered service with the U.S. military in October 2006. The aircraft is manufactured by U.S. Aircraft Corp. based in Canton, Ohio. The A-67 Dragon weighs nearly 5,000 pounds and uses Pratt and Whitney PT6A-68/3turboprop engines. The aircraft has a maximum speed of about 430 miles per hour and typically flies at 20,000 feet in the sky. The aircraft also uses lightweight armor that covers the engine and fuel tanks, and uses less fuel than comparable aircraft.


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