Paris Le Bourget (PRWEB) June 20, 2013
As Air Tractor makes its third appearance at the Paris Air Show (Hall 3, A66), President Jim Hirsch reports that the company has completed its order for manufacturing and delivering twenty-four AT-802U ISR/Light Attack aircraft to the United Arab Emirates. "The Paris Air Show has been a productive venue for Air Tractor," says Hirsch. "Paris was the genesis of Air Tractor's UAE order. So, we are pleased to return to Le Bourget as we look ahead to new customers for the AT-802U."
In its 2009 appearance at the Paris Air Show, the Air Tractor AT-802U prototype made quite an impression. The chunky, no-nonsense, low-cost warplane was an evolution of the company's U.S. State Department narcotics crop eradication program aircraft into a two-seat, combat-ready advanced weapons systems platform for light attack and ISR missions.
In 2013, the 802U is no longer a prototype. "It's fully operational and mission ready today," says Vice President of Business Development Chuck Miller, Air Tractor's representative at the Paris Air Show. "It has proven itself in the field to be suitable for a variety of surveillance, precision strike and rugged dirt strip utility missions." The 802U exhibit is located in Hall 3, A66.
The Air Tractor 802U has cavernous internal space that allows adding virtually any missionized EO/IR, SIGINT or SAR payload. An optional retractable sensor targeting pod and ROVER video downlink allows ground units, other aircraft and forward air controllers to see the battle space in real time.
Its rugged airframe, uncomplicated design, reliable flight systems, robust electrical system and proven Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67F turbine engine simplify the aircraft’s maintenance support requirements, which is especially advantageous for operations in remote areas. As a case in point, during 10+ years of South American counter drug operations, the AT-802 averaged just 1.7 maintenance hours per flight hour.
The 802U has an 8,100 lb. (4,000 kg) payload and provides an exceptional 10-hour time on station, reports Mr. Miller. He adds, "The 802U is a time-proven airframe. More than 500 of the 802 type aircraft have been built. You can find AT-802 aircraft in constant use across the world, and they’re supported by a long-standing global supply chain that keeps downtime to a minimum.”
Air Tractor's Jim Hirsch reports that interest in the 802U continues to be strong. "People are realizing that simpler can be better, and that the 802U provides more demonstrated performance and value than other aircraft. It's got a crashworthy airframe for aircrew safety. A Pratt & Whitney 1600 HP engine with a 50-year legacy of reliable performance. Tremendous payload. Simple maintenance. A worldwide logistics network. The 802U is the real deal. It's a proven platform. It's operational and it's ready to go."
For more information, visit the Air Tractor 802U exhibit at the Paris Air Show, Hall 3, A66. Contact Chuck Miller at Air Tractor, Inc. Telephone: 00 1 940 564 5616. Email: cmiller(at)airtractor(dot)com. Website: 802U.com
At its Olney Texas manufacturing facilities, Air Tractor produces a line of eight agricultural, firefighting and utility aircraft models powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6 engines. Since 1972 almost 3,000 Air Tractor aircraft have been manufactured that are used for agricultural crop spraying, fire fighting, narcotic crop eradication, fuel-hauling, fighting locust plagues, military strike/reconnaissance, and cleaning up oil spills in coastal waters. From North, South and Central America, to Australia, Indonesia and China to Spain, Italy, Croatia and Africa, Air Tractor aircraft can be found in more than 30 countries around the world and are supported by a global network of Air Tractor dealers.