PARIS (June 18, 2007) – US Aircraft Corporation today introduced at the Paris Air Show its new turboprop-powered counter-insurgency aircraft: the A-67 Dragon. The single-engine aircraft provides a cost-effective, fuel-efficient option for situations in which typical jets are ineffective and helicopters are at risk. The all-metal, high-performance A-67 Dragon is geared toward counter-insurgency (COIN), close air support (CAS) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
Scheduled for release in late 2008, the A-67 Dragon
provides solutions to the challenges faced by government and military
forces when dealing with irregular warfare. It combines survivability
and maintainability with unique COIN and CAS capabilities that create
a highly versatile and specialized aircraft.
“We are providing an answer,” said Ray Williams, president of US Aircraft Corporation, “to the international challenge of irregular warfare integration platforms. The A-67 Dragon has the agility and strength to provide close-air support and the combat and flight endurance to complete critical missions without the expense, training and maintenance current aircraft require.”
Survivability features of the A-67 Dragon include a
lightweight armored cockpit that protects against small arms fire,
redundancy of systems, fire protection, and tactics training. For
added survivability assurance, the aircraft also offers a whole aircraft
ballistic recovery parachute system.
“The A-67 Dragon is the only airplane that I know of built to provide this level of support at this price,” said Retired Brigadier General Charles Jones. “The maintenance man-hour per flying-hour is extraordinarily low. The parts are primarily off-the-shelf, the armor is conformal, and weapons are both internal and external, and easy to remove and replace. It is a most efficient, low-cost aircraft.”
Unlike typical fighter jets, the A-67 Dragon offers low fuel
consumption by using, a more fuel- efficient engine and a light durable
airframe. Equipped for close air support, the aircraft is capable of detecting
and attacking elusive and transient low-contrast insurgents with
greater agility than other aircraft. The A-67 Dragon is also ideal for
rapid fielding initiatives (RFI) because of its excellent load capabilities
and off-runway capability.
US Aircraft Corporation was founded in
2004 by Raymond F. Williams with the collaboration of an advisory
team of experienced retired Air Force personnel. Built on a foundation
of military experience and credibility, US Aircraft Corporation provides
specialized aircraft that meet unique challenges within military
markets. It has strategic partnerships with top university and federal
researchers within the aerospace industry. US Aircraft Corporation
is located in Akron, Ohio.
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