Modern anti-guerrilla aircraft. Part 2


The global war against “international terrorism”, which began in the 21 century, strongly fueled interest in light “anti-rebel” attack aircraft. In many countries, work began on the creation of new and adaptation for the shock purposes of already existing training, light transport and agricultural aircraft.

One of the most interesting vehicles of this designation is the currently undergoing South African light reconnaissance-strike combat aircraft - AHRLAC (Advanced High Performance Reconaissance Light Aircraft).

AHRLAC reconnaissance and strike aircraft

This two-seater 10,5 m long aircraft with a wingspan of 12 m is equipped with a Pratt-Whitney Canada PT6А-66 turbo-prop engine with a power of 950 hp. The peculiarity of this vysokoplan - forked tail and pusher propeller, which is located in the back of the fuselage.

With a take-off weight of about 4000 kg, the planned payload weight placed on the six suspension nodes should be more than 800 kg. As the built-in weapons used 20-mm gun. The lower part of the aircraft fuselage is designed as a "conformal container" to accommodate quick-change options for various equipment.

With a full combat load, the aircraft must have an 550 m take-off distance. The maximum aircraft speed will be about 500 km / h, the ceiling - 9500 m, and the flight range - 2100 km with full internal fuel capacity (it is also possible to use two outboard tanks). The duration of the patrol in the air must reach 7,5 - 10 hours.

AHRLAC is a device of the "manned UAV" concept that is gaining popularity and is designed to solve a wide range of tasks of reconnaissance, surveillance, patrolling, and striking ground targets as part of counterinsurgency. This concept involves the creation of a light attack aircraft, the cost of operating which is comparable to the cost of operating drones middle class. At the same time, the time of patrolling in the air and the capabilities of reconnaissance, surveillance and remote data transmission equipment should be appropriate or even better than that of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Recently, a characteristic feature of anti-insurgency airplanes is the installation of navigation, search-reconnaissance and communications equipment on them that allows them to act at any time of the day, as well as broadcast live video from cameras. In terms of weapons, emphasis was placed on guided high-precision ammunition.

To the fullest extent, the lightweight anti-insolation aircraft Cessna AC-208 Combat Caravan created by Alliant Techsystems complies with these qualities. The aircraft was developed under a contract with the US government to rearm the Iraqi air force. It is based on a single-engine turboprop general-purpose aircraft Cessna 208 Grand Caravan.

Modern anti-guerrilla aircraft. Part 2

Cessna AC-208 Combat Caravan

Avionics of this aircraft allows you to perform tasks of specific optoelectronic aerial reconnaissance and use high-precision aviation means of destruction. It includes: a small-sized digital computing device, an optoelectronic system (a color early warning camera, an infrared camera, a laser range finder and a laser target designator), an 18-inch tactical situation indicator, color LCD displays, data transmission line equipment for ground command posts, VHF radio station, etc.

The 3 629 kg take-off aircraft is equipped with the economical Pratt-Whitney Canada turboprop engine PT6A-114A with the power of 675 hp. The patrol time in the air is about 4,5 hours. Top speed about 350 km / h. Operation is possible from unpaved runways with a length of at least 600 meters.

In this aircraft, operated from 2009, the concept of an air command and reconnaissance point was implemented with the possibility of delivering independent strikes with high-precision weapons.

Two AGM-114М / K Hellfire air-to-ground rockets are used as armaments, suspended from underwing pylons. The cabin is equipped with ballistic panels to protect the crew from small arms. According to Iraqi officials, guided weapons are necessary to eliminate incidental damage when inflicting airstrikes on insurgents.

In 2009, a light attack aircraft AT-802U was presented at the Paris Air Show. The aircraft was created on the basis of the American AT-802 Air Tractor two-seater agricultural aircraft, produced from the 1993 year. With a take-off weight of 7257 kg, the aircraft accelerates to 370 km / h. Engine Pratt-Whitney Canada PT6A-67F horsepower 1600 hp The total capacity of the fuel system allows patrols for over 10 hours.


It differs from the basic version of the AT-802U by armoring the engine and the pilot's cockpit, a protected fuel tank and a reinforced fuselage and wings design. The AT-802U armament and special equipment complex was designed and installed by IOMAX specialists (Muresville, North Carolina).

Under the wing there are six suspension assemblies for weapon placement. Suspension of NAR and bombs weighing up to 500 pounds (226 kg) is possible. Containers with GAU-19 / A "Gatling" caliber 12,7-mm are used as machine gun armament. The total weight of weapons can reach 4000 kg.

For use of laser-guided AG-114M Hellfire II and DAGR (Direct Attack Guided Rocket) air-to-air URs, the aircraft is equipped with an AN / AAQ 33 Sniper-XR optoelectronic sighting system manufactured by Lockheed-Martin, which operates in visible and infrared bands. The system will allow the crew to conduct search, detection, recognition and automatic tracking of ground (surface) targets at 15 - 20 km distances in any weather conditions and time of day, their laser illumination and guidance of guided aircraft armament.

The plane has a secure communication line that allows you to transfer the image in real time. The machine is equipped with a launch warning system with automatic ejection of "heat traps" and electronic countermeasures AAR-47 / ALE-47.

The Air Tractor AT-802U aircraft successfully passed field trials in Colombia, operating against local left insurgents and cocaine drug barons. Under the 2009 contract of the year, 24 vehicles were delivered to the UAE and six more Air Tractor AT-802U as an observation aircraft must be delivered to Jordan. The governments of Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen are also showing interest in this car.

The American company IOMAX, which previously developed the Air Tractor AT-802U reconnaissance and strike aircraft armament, is now working to create a similar reconnaissance and strike vehicle based on the Thrush 710 aircraft competing with Air Tractor of the manufacturer of agricultural aircraft - Albany (GA) . The combat aircraft developed on the basis of Thrush 710, received the designation Archangel (Block 3) Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA), carried out by IOMAX since November 2012 of the year.

Аrchangel BPA

Air Tractor AT-802, and Thrush 710 are variants of almost one aircraft designed by Leland Snow in 1950-e, the appearance and characteristics of both machines are very close. The Thrush 710 has a slightly higher (at 35 km / h) speed at altitude, and gives a slightly better ratio of weapon weight and fuel. The Archangel with a take-off weight of 6715 kg has a cruising speed of 324 km / h at a distance of 2500 km.

The aircraft can carry up to its 12 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, up to 16 70-mm Cirit missiles with a laser guidance system, up to six UAB Paveway II / III / IV or JDAM on its six underwing nodes.

The Archangel BPA is equipped with a container with an electron-optical turret manufactured by FLIR Systems, an electronic intelligence system and a synthetic aperture radar. A double cabin with a tandem crew arrangement is equipped with three 6-inch color multifunction indicators for the pilot in the front cabin, and one 6-inch and one 12-inch indicators (for surveillance and targeting systems) indicators for the operator in the rear cabin. The cabin has dual controls.

Unlike the AT-802U aircraft, which is more designed for direct air support and counter insurgency using unguided weapons, the Archangel is designed as a platform for reconnaissance, monitoring and use of high-precision ammunition at altitudes from 3000 to 6000 meters, and at distances from 3 to 10 km from the target. The creators of the aircraft believe that the probability of survival of low-speed aircraft, such as the Air Tractor, in typical tasks of direct air support with the use of "melee weapons" in the presence of the enemy modern MANPADS and anti-aircraft systems with guidance from the radar is very low. Therefore, with the defeat of targets from the Archangel, emphasis is placed on the "remote" use of guided high-precision ammunition, outside the zone of effective anti-aircraft fire.

Archangel Block 3 Border Patrol Aircraft light turboprop patrol aircraft are currently participating in a competition announced by the Government of the Philippines to replace outdated Rockwell OV-10 Bronco counterinsurgency aircraft. The Philippines intends to acquire six direct aviation support aircraft totaling $ 114 million. Archangel's competitors are the Brazilian Super Tucano attack aircraft, the American Beechcraft AT-6 Texan II and the Swiss Pilatus PC-21.

The Archangel can carry more weapons on external hangers than any competitor. The cost of the machine is approximately 8 million dollars, which is significantly less than the “Super Tucano” (12-13 million dollars).

The pronounced "counterguerrilla" orientation has the light scorpion turbojet combat aircraft currently underway in the United States.

Light turbojet combat aircraft "Scorpion"

According to the company - developer Textron AirLand, the new aircraft is designed for use in local conflicts, border security, in the field of maritime patrols, in the fight against drugs.

The Scorpion has a tunable inner compartment that can be used to place weapons, sensors, or additional fuel. The compartment has a volume to accommodate a payload of 1362 kg. The aircraft has six underwing assemblies for the suspension of weapons or fuel tanks with a total weight of about 3000 kg. The maximum take-off weight of the aircraft will be 9600 kg, range 4440 km. The power plant of the aircraft consists of two Honeywell TFE731 turbofan engines with a total thrust of about 835,6 kN.
If a buyer is found, the aircraft can enter mass production as early as 2015.

By the "anti-insurgency" can be fully attributed consisting in service in the US "ganships" AC-130, armed with 25-mm, 40-mm and 105-mm guns.


Another armed aircraft based on the C-130 “Hercules” was the special operations support aircraft MC-130W Combat Spear.

MC-130W Combat Spear

Four squadrons, armed with MS-130, are used for deep raids into the depths of the enemy’s territory in order to deliver or receive people and goods during special operations.

Depending on the task being performed, the Bushmaster 30-mm gun and Hellfire missiles can be installed on it.

Recently, there has been a tendency to create “anti-security” vehicles on the basis of medium, light military transport and multipurpose aircraft by installing on them fast-mounted modules with artillery armament, suspension units for high-precision light ammunition and the corresponding reconnaissance and guidance equipment.

A prime example of interest in such machines is the MC-27J shown at the Farnborough air show. It is based on the C-27J Spartan military transporter.


The “main caliber” of this armed aircraft is the ATN GAU-30 23-mm automatic cannon, which is a modification of the Mk 44 Bushmaster.

The artillery system is mounted in the cargo cabin of the aircraft. The fire is carried out of the cargo door on the left side.

On the pages of the Military Review, the view was repeatedly expressed about the futility of manned “counterguerrilla” aviation and about the supposedly inevitable imminent replacement of light attack aircraft and “ganships” with unmanned aerial vehicles and faster and better protected attack aircraft. However, in practice, the opposite is observed.
So, in the USA, it is planned to write off the last remaining in service of the “classic” A-10 “Thunderbolt-2” attack aircraft. The bet on armed middle-class drones such as the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper has not fully justified itself.

The undoubted advantages of the UAV are lower operating costs and the absence of the risk of death or capture of the pilot in the event of a shootdown. At the same time, the loss of unmanned aerial vehicles in combat areas proved to be very significant. According to the US military, as of 2010, more than 70 MQ-1 / RQ-1 Predator was lost. In the same 2010 year, each Predator cost the US Department of Defense $ 4,03 million. Ie, the savings saved on relatively low operating costs were largely used to purchase new UAVs to replace the lost ones.

Attack drones capable of patrolling for a long time proved to be a very successful tool for eliminating al Qaeda leaders, but a small amount of ammunition on board (two Hellfire AGM-114) does not allow destroying multiple targets or hampering the actions of the enemy. In addition, these missiles, due to the insufficient mass of the warhead, are ineffective against caves and solid capital structures. Communication lines and data transmissions of American UAVs were vulnerable to interference and interception of broadcast information. The inability of the drone drone, if necessary, to perform sharp anti-aircraft maneuvers and the maximum lightness of the design makes them very vulnerable even in the case of minor damage.

An important factor is the large carrying capacity of light attack aircraft in comparison with UAVs, according to this indicator they are surpassed only by the strategic unmanned reconnaissance RQ-4 “Global Hawk”. In terms of the life and durability of the airframe, flexibility of application and resistance to combat damage, manned aircraft far exceeds unmanned aircraft.

Modern UAVs, their on-board equipment, control points and software are classified as “critical technologies”, which the United States does not share very readily. Therefore, it is easier for the Americans to deliver to their allies in the "anti-terrorist war" light "counterguerrilla" attack aircraft, from which it is possible to use a wider spectrum of aircraft weapons than the UAV.

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  1. 0
    17 June 2014 09: 17
    can we also arm the An-2? Hang guns and machine guns on it. Potato for dropping.

    I personally liked the "Scorpion" - a beautiful plane. :)
    1. +6
      17 June 2014 09: 56
      Quote: Takashi
      can we also arm An-2?

      Oh, we can! Although it was already like this, they hung a container with weapons
      Of course, the thought should work, it’s necessary to count both money and money. I’m exaggerating a little, but I’ll take IL-2, it’s booked, add avionics and go forward. I don’t need to show the wonders of aerobatics and speed with the Portisans
      photo also as an example of the use of civil aircraft
      [img] http: // http: // g2_view = core.DownloadItem & g2_item
      Id = 102128 & g2_serialNumber = 2 [/ img]

      An-2F, scout and spotter
      1. +1
        18 June 2014 06: 04
        I agree with silt -2, and most importantly, take the amount
    2. +8
      17 June 2014 10: 01
      A good analogue of the Scorpio in my opinion is the Yak-130. It seems he has a 'light attacker' option.
      Thanks to the author for a wonderful review! I read it with pleasure!
    3. -1
      17 June 2014 10: 04
      Quote: Takashi
      can we also arm An-2?

      It was already, the container with weapons was suspended
    4. +3
      17 June 2014 13: 36
      Quote: Takashi
      can we also arm An-2?

      04.06.13 VO article An-2 at war
    5. Ghjynjyjoiiyr
      7 July 2014 21: 44
      It will not work, it is too noisy and flies a little faster than driving a good passenger car on the road!
    6. Ghjynjyjoiiyr
      7 July 2014 21: 47
      If we talk about rarities, then it is worth resuscitating the Po-2, as a night one. According to the effectiveness of the BP, it took the second place after the IL-2, then the PES, Il-4, Boston, etc.
  2. +7
    17 June 2014 09: 45
    AT-802U - similar to IL-2 in a single version, only the characteristics at the modern level.
    1. +1
      17 June 2014 12: 34
      Maybe we should upgrade and release the IL-2 with modern weapons?
  3. +2
    17 June 2014 10: 37
    Quote: Takashi
    can we also arm the An-2? Hang guns and machine guns on it. Potato for dropping.

    I personally liked the "Scorpion" - a beautiful plane. :)
    It is better to reincarnate IL2 taking into account modern materials and technologies :)
  4. de bouillon
    17 June 2014 11: 22
    excellent review

    super caravan can now be observed in Iraq. Almost half of the air strikes come from them, and the air tractor really reminds us of the IL-2, or rather the IL-10

    By the way, it is now possible that the AC-130 will return to Iraq again
  5. +5
    17 June 2014 11: 46
    Yes, it seems that UAVs will not come soon to replace manned aircraft. Thanks to the author for the article, I will try to read the rest of this series. I believe that counterinsurgency aviation is good as long as there is no skillful counteraction from the ground, otherwise each departure will be akin to a lottery, which, incidentally, was already written earlier in the comments.
    1. 0
      17 June 2014 15: 03
      I don’t understand on what basis you draw such conclusions? "Anti-Portisan" fictional attack aircraft, for a small amount, giving the illusion of the presence of the Air Force, well, at least, their shock component. I would like to note that such "Papelats" are in service only with sea-propelled regimes included "orbit" of the United States. Not one country in the post-Soviet space has such "misunderstandings", and the independent states of the third world prefer to use full-fledged strike machines for real combat operations. I don't quite understand how the "gunships" belong here, data devices are difficult to attribute to cheap; both in terms of the cost of the sample and the flight hour. I also note that the Yak-130 in the shock version was not adopted by the Russian Federation. To all fans of reincarnation, I remind you that after the IL-10M, more than one single-rotor strike aircraft (or an attack modification of one), think about why? About the UAV; it is very strange that in the article the authors are trying to oppose light strike vehicles, unmanned reconnaissance aircraft for I whose shock functions are an option. The main work of these devices is to transmit data in real time, which forms the basis of "critical technologies." The creation of specialized shock drones is a matter of the near future, all the prerequisites are available. By the way, I have no idea how you can influence the control the principle of striking in the machine, against a previously reconnoitered target was implemented on the Su-17 (4 waypoints), and on the MiG-27M \ D PrNK was brought to an absolutely combat-ready state .PrNK Su-25T had the ability to automatically recognize and identify objects in the television image. Ethical problems remain (leaving the right to launch for a person), but in the modern world this cannot be considered a serious obstacle (unfortunately).
      1. de bouillon
        17 June 2014 16: 10
        and in the USSR they never worked on a project Counterguerrilla aircraft

        the United States got into it under Indochina and in the conditions of a sluggish war they needed simple and cheap airplanes. Moreover, at the initial stage of the war in Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam, the partisans did not have serious air defense.

        But it all started back in 1960, when the CIA needed military aircraft, but the Air Force did not. So they went screw junk from conservation warehouses. After repair and certain improvements, the birds were sent to battle.

        The USA used the same method back in Central and Latin America, starting in the 50s, filling up the entire continent: Mustangs, Thunderbolts, Mitchells, Invaders and so on.
        1. +1
          17 June 2014 18: 37
          We worked ... the project, in my opinion, the end of the 50s, I don't remember the brand, but the name was "Goby" because of the similarity to fish. The project did not go Tk abandoned in favor of helicopters.
          1. 0
            8 November 2017 12: 41
            “Goby” - a project of an anti-submarine defense aircraft for a fully-fledged aircraft carrier being designed (in the late 60s and early 70s, as far as I remember)
        2. +4
          17 June 2014 20: 14
          They worked on the theme of a mobilization attack aircraft-multi-purpose aircraft in the 80s, the same as a counter-guerrilla attack aircraft.
        3. 52
          18 June 2014 16: 56
          "and in the USSR they never worked on the Anti-Partisan aircraft project"
          Not true, YAK-52B, aka YAK-54 (the first with the same name). It’s just that the prospects of this child prodigy were not even visible through a telescope.
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      3. +2
        18 June 2014 13: 21
        I do not agree, a turboprop truck that can drop a planning bomb and equipped with reconnaissance targets at a distance of 5-20 km is much more effective than a helicopter in terms of money and supplies.
        1. 0
          18 June 2014 13: 48
          If you plan to spend UAB or Hellfire / Sturm for every target in a counterguerrilla war, then how will it be a cheap replacement for a helicopter?
  6. Georgich
    17 June 2014 12: 35
    Quote: inkass_98
    AT-802U - similar to IL-2 in a single version, only the characteristics at the modern level.

    I was reminded of the IL-10, especially from the front side.
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  8. +7
    17 June 2014 13: 31
    The plane in the first photo is very similar to the German diving Junkers.
  9. +7
    17 June 2014 15: 58
    This AHRLAC is very pretty. Its probably easy
    remake and into an unmanned version. The pushing screw is silent.
    In the 2-seater version it is convenient as a training aircraft for pilots
    and intelligence officers.
  10. +1
    17 June 2014 18: 05
    I love propeller airplanes !!! Simply adore... fellow
  11. +5
    17 June 2014 18: 12
    A great article! The author is PLUSER!)))
  12. -2
    17 June 2014 19: 32
    Hmm. Very interesting. It is only incomprehensible that the MC-130W Combat Spear, AC-130, MC-27J aircraft were assigned to the category of "anti-partisan" aircraft. Unless they perform incidental tasks along the way, in addition to the main, more likely, transport task. Or nothing is at hand. We do not classify the Il-76, similar to the one shot down in Lugansk, as an anti-partisan aircraft (I understand, the name is conditional), although it also has weapons that can be reinforced even with half-ton bombs. For reconnaissance and strike purposes, it is preferable, much more economical and, in my opinion, more effective than the light reconnaissance and strike aircraft listed by you in both articles. I cannot agree with Argon, who asserts: "Anti-Portisan" attack aircraft is a fiction, for a small amount, giving the illusion of the presence of the Air Force, well, at least, their strike component. "In my opinion, a self-respecting state MUST have the entire spectrum of aviation designed to carry out a variety of tasks in the least costly way.Thanks for an interesting topic.
    1. -1
      17 June 2014 20: 22
      Now the partisans have very often MANPADS, a more or less well-functioning air defense system. The presented planes (except for large ones) are more likely against drug gangsters, like Tucano in Brazil. Mi-24/28/35 is much more suitable for actions against partisans, given what fortified areas Mujahideen created in Afghanistan and the Czechs in Chechnya-Su-25.
      1. +4
        17 June 2014 21: 07
        Forgive me, but not every group of partisans of 5-6 people has MANPADS and a radar. Such aircraft are just for such groups. You can, of course, send Tu-160 for fidelity ...
        1. +5
          17 June 2014 21: 29
          "considering what fortified areas the Mujahideen created in Afghanistan and the Czechs in Chechnya"
          In the presence of fortified areas, developed air defense, such aircraft should not be used as shock. Only as a reconnaissance. Strikes are inflicted by another class of aircraft.
    2. +2
      20 June 2014 06: 51
      Quote: Oprychnik
      We do not classify IL-76, similar to the shot down in Lugansk, to counterguerrilla aircraft

      Does Il-76 have weapons for firing at ground targets? what And about halftone bombs in more detail, please.
  13. portoc65
    17 June 2014 22: 18
    as the Americans don’t have diesel submarines, we don’t have this niche, probably because there are no partisans. But it’s interesting .. why chase expensive attack aircraft to destroy a small convoy or roadblock .. quite a light maize ..
    1. 0
      18 June 2014 04: 45
      Eeeee ... The first and second Chechen companies, who in the North Caucasus? We have enough partisans, just an army calmly doing without cornmen.
    2. 0
      20 June 2014 23: 49
      The Russian Navy includes 13 nuclear submarines with ballistic missiles, 27 nuclear submarines with missile and torpedo weapons, 19 diesel submarines, 8 nuclear submarines for special purposes and 1 diesel submarine for special purposes.

      What does the partisans have to do with it? :)
  14. +1
    18 June 2014 04: 56
    Quote: Oprychnik
    Forgive me, but not every group of partisans of 5-6 people has MANPADS and a radar. Such aircraft are just for such groups. You can, of course, send Tu-160 for fidelity ...

    Enough VNOS posts, shepherds did an excellent job.
    Here, the limitation is the possibility of financing, whether an illegal armed formation can afford MANPADS or not, in our case it can.
    You can also Tu-160, but the Mi-24/35/28 and the like will do better. Isn’t it easier to spend money on a installation like Granite than on a dull aircraft with a limited scope?
    In the role of reconnaissance UAVs are better.
    1. +2
      18 June 2014 08: 01
      Amendment. Installation Golden Eagle.
  15. vietnam7
    18 June 2014 11: 02
    "the concept of an air command and reconnaissance point has been implemented with the possibility of applying independent strikes with high-precision weapons, if necessary." I will iron the perfume! "
  16. +1
    18 June 2014 13: 32
    Modern UAVs, their on-board equipment, control points and software are classified as “critical technologies”, which the United States does not share very readily. Therefore, it is easier for the Americans to deliver to their allies in the "anti-terrorist war" light "counterguerrilla" attack aircraft, from which it is possible to use a wider spectrum of aircraft weapons than the UAV.

    I spoke in the first part, I will repeat it now. These "counter-guerrilla" attack aircraft are a dead-end branch of aviation. Normal attack aircraft and GPs are the means of fighting partisans. Drones are reconnaissance and delivering pinpoint strikes.
    1. +3
      18 June 2014 19: 15
      That is, questions about the cost of operation do not bother you? Will the departure cost 100 or 1000 tugriks celebrated?
      1. +3
        18 June 2014 19: 20
        Now I understand why the contract for the Mistrals was signed. These issues have not been addressed sufficiently. Are you from MO? :)))
        1. +1
          18 June 2014 22: 47
          I, NOT FROM MO !!!
      2. +1
        18 June 2014 19: 54
        Any technology, let alone military, is a complex of compromises; even the USA cannot refuse completely unmanaged TSA, not to mention other countries.
        Our enemy is most often well trained, has very good weapons. The point is to keep in service a plane that is highly likely to not be able to carry out b / s?
        1. +3
          18 June 2014 21: 03
          Again, I can object. Such a plane in peacetime can be used as a training facility. Although, of course, trouble with the conversion in case of need is enough. Patrol and reconnaissance flights are also not unnecessary, and this may be the main task in peacetime.
          There are pros and cons, I agree. But, in my opinion, more advantages.
          1. +2
            18 June 2014 21: 22
            Maybe as a machine for initial training. How many of these machines do the Air Force need? 10-20?
            Reconnaissance / patrol - if we don’t go down below 5 km, it makes sense to keep a separate car if any civilian side capable of carrying a container with reconnaissance equipment can cope with this task?
            While the organizationally light attack aircraft should be part of the army aviation.
            A helicopter as part of AA, and even better in the state of the DShBr / DShB, can carry either drums for support, or transport in the DShMG, tactical landing at any time, in peacetime or in the military.

            I'm not saying that such an aircraft is useless, but for those who have no money and the enemy air defense-DShK on a tripod maximum.
          2. -4
            18 June 2014 22: 59
            In the first part of the review, I named it "LESS PLANE"
            Reread the first part. winked
            1. +3
              20 June 2014 14: 42
              Quote: kirpich
              In the first part of the review, I named it "LESS PLANE"
              Reread the first part. winked

              On the question of "underplanes":
              Jordanian Air Force will upgrade one of two C-295 military transport aircraft manufactured by the European company Airbus Defense & Space, into a machine capable of performing assault functions.

              The attack aircraft will be an addition to two AC235 multipurpose aircraft of similar purpose, which were modernized by ATK from the base transport variant C235. According to Flightglobal Ascend Online, the country has two C295 aircraft that were built in the 2003 year.

              Aircraft of this modification will be equipped with an on-board fire control system, which includes optoelectronic sensors and synthetic aperture radars, and there is also a self-defense system. The armament consists of 30 mm guns, tactical SD air-to-air Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire and NUR units of 70 mm caliber. BAE Systems was selected as the supplier of an expanded range of precision weapons to meet the latest Jordanian Air Force requirements for equipping AC235 aircraft.

              It is reported that the "artillery planes" (Gunship) will be a powerful and effective addition to the combat potential of the armed forces of the kingdom. Aircraft are able to provide direct aviation support for special forces, conduct armed reconnaissance, search and rescue in combat conditions.

              95-conversion-400500 /
  17. ZIS
    18 June 2014 16: 54
    The first one looks awesome, it would not hurt to have a regiment of such in the internal troops ...
    1. -4
      18 June 2014 17: 12
      Why (in the sense, to hell)?
  18. +2
    18 June 2014 17: 13
    MC-27J? ... but we (hopefully) have MS-21 ... fellow
    Cool looks ...
    1. +4
      19 June 2014 02: 27
      This is a modification of the Archangel Block 3 of the Philippine Air Force contestant to replace the OV-10 Bronco.
  19. +1
    18 June 2014 17: 51
    Instead of such a very questionable, it’s better to reintroduce the child prodigy into the Armed Forces Airborne Forces with their own full-time airborne infantry regiments or as part of the MSD / TD / MSBR DShBr, again with their helicopters, the effect will be much greater, and in a war of any type, rather than only against partisans without air defense.
  20. novik-rif
    20 June 2014 14: 18
    The author forgot his IL-102! A little upgrade and give odds to any counterguerrilla apparatus.
    1. +3
      20 June 2014 14: 45
      Quote: novik-rif
      The author forgot his IL-102! A little upgrade and give odds to any counterguerrilla apparatus.

      The author has not forgotten that the Il-102 took part in the competition simultaneously with the Su-25. For a number of reasons, it cannot be considered "anti-partisan".
  21. +4
    20 June 2014 23: 57
    To the author +!
    In addition to the fight against partisans, this includes reconnaissance and patrolling borders and the fight against poaching, with significant financial savings.
    The demand for such machines is only increasing, but as far as I understand from the review, we don’t have much to offer on the market?
  22. +1
    9 July 2014 21: 05
    "The AC-130 gunships, armed with 25-mm, 40-mm and 105-mm guns, can be fully attributed to the" anti-insurgency "."

    It's hard not to get into such a "hippo" !!!!
  23. +1
    10 July 2014 04: 21
    Quote: smerx24
    It's hard not to get into such a "hippo" !!!!

    From what, what weapons do gangs have that can hit targets at a height of several kilometers at night?