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South African arms company unveils first African-made military plane
The Associated Press ^ | 09/27/2011 | Gillian Gotora

Posted on 09/27/2011 10:50:17 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

South African arms company unveils first African-made military plane

By: Gillian Gotora, The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa - The first military aircraft designed and built by African companies was unveiled Tuesday by a South African arms company which said it had already received orders for the lightweight plane.

Ivor Ichikowitz, head of Johannesburg-based arms maker Paramount Group, called the plane a breakthrough, but experts said its simple design was similar to planes produced by other countries, and said it will have tough competition.

Ichikowitz said the AHRLAC plane can be used for peacekeeping missions and reconnaissance and is armed to defend itself.

He said he's received an order from a country he would not name for 50 of the planes, each costing about $10 million.

Paramount Group is one of Africa's largest military hardware producers and has markets in West Africa and the Middle East.

Ichikowitz, known for his flamboyance, revealed a life-size model of the aircraft at a South African arms factory. Beside the model of the plane stood two female models wearing flight suits and holding pilot helmets. The weapons were not mounted on the model.

Ichikowitz said everything on the plane is South African-made except for the engine. Local aircraft engineering company Aerosud partnered Paramount Group in the development of AHRLAC. The engine is made by U.S.-based jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney.

Production of the two-pilot aircraft will begin in late 2012.

He said their main target is the international market.

"Defence companies in this country rely on the (South African Air Force) and are battling," he said. "Even though the aircraft is made in Africa, it is not solely for the African market."

Defence analyst Siemon Wezeman of the independent Stockholm International Peace Research

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aerosud; coin; southafrica

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The Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft, AHRLAC, plane is officially unveiled at a ceremony in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday Sept. 27, 2011. The aircraft is the first all-African military plane that can be used for peacekeeping missions and reconnaissance work and is armed to defend itself. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

1 posted on 09/27/2011 10:50:19 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Okay.......Where’s the plane?.......It must be stealth.............


2 posted on 09/27/2011 10:51:23 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

There’s a plane in that picture?


3 posted on 09/27/2011 10:51:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The plane is pretty neat.

But those pilots.......now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!!!


4 posted on 09/27/2011 10:52:00 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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5 posted on 09/27/2011 10:53:17 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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Oh, there’s the plane.....behind that ugly white guy........


6 posted on 09/27/2011 10:54:59 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Saw this in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE....Little Nellie


7 posted on 09/27/2011 11:00:45 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

That looks like some type of kit plane.

Wouldn’t stand a chance in a real war.


8 posted on 09/27/2011 11:01:38 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It’s a pusher!


9 posted on 09/27/2011 11:01:38 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
The revolutionary new South African military aircraft. Filled with high explosives, the ingeniously designed control pods on the wings double as Bunker Busters. Because the crew is also housed in them, if both are dropped...they're still working on a fix for that minor problem.

Flight testing is set to begin as soon as they find enough living members of the kamikaze pilot corps who can pass the rigid physical. Photobucket


10 posted on 09/27/2011 11:05:16 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Maybe a (very, very) basic weapons platform, probably with a bit of armor and maybe some defense against MANPADS. Probably pretty useful against “rebels” with no airpower. Would it be faster than a ‘copter though? Certain to save on gas and maintenance.


11 posted on 09/27/2011 11:05:53 AM PDT by MetaThought
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12 posted on 09/27/2011 11:07:00 AM PDT by Bobalu (More rubble, less trouble)
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But the countries that buy this wouldn’t be able to afford planes that would stand a chance in a “real war”.


13 posted on 09/27/2011 11:10:07 AM PDT by MetaThought
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Well, it’s a COIN plane, it’s not intended for a conventional war, but for brushfire conflicts. And for that role, it’s looks pretty good. The crew probably has a superb field of view due to the way the plane and cockpit is laid out.


14 posted on 09/27/2011 11:12:08 AM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It’s a smaller single engine version of the OV-10 Bronco.


15 posted on 09/27/2011 11:13:47 AM PDT by Tailback
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To: sukhoi-30mki

You know it sucks because they have to hire car show girls to promote it.


16 posted on 09/27/2011 11:19:52 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

10 million for a kit plane?


17 posted on 09/27/2011 11:24:57 AM PDT by wrench
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To: blueunicorn6

Wasn’t this what John Denver went down in?


18 posted on 09/27/2011 11:37:17 AM PDT by dusttoyou (paulnutz/bachnutz/palinwishers are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Is that intake above the right model for a lil baby jet engine?


19 posted on 09/27/2011 11:43:23 AM PDT by mcshot (The union label was once considered desirable but will now be avoided.)
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To: MetaThought

I need one - maybe sooner then later. With lots of bullets and missiles.


20 posted on 09/27/2011 11:53:32 AM PDT by mcshot (The union label was once considered desirable but will now be avoided.)
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21 posted on 09/27/2011 12:16:29 PM PDT by ChuckShick (He's clerking for me...)
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To: Bobalu

That offset tailplane isn’t as crazy as it looks, the Luftwaffe experimented with offset single engine A/Cs.


22 posted on 09/27/2011 12:55:52 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Those two hot gals make Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama look even uglier than she already is.


23 posted on 09/27/2011 12:59:30 PM PDT by Gator113 (Palin 2012, period.....)
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24 posted on 09/27/2011 1:14:34 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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I have my doubts about that canopy: it looks like, straight ahead, all you'd see would be reflections of the cockpit interior. And what you could see would be pretty badly refracted.
25 posted on 09/27/2011 2:44:29 PM PDT by Grut
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Actually, the first sub-Saharan African-made military plane

50 years ago

26 posted on 09/27/2011 4:08:34 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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