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OV10 Bronco, passé, présent et futur


Re: OV10 Bronco, passé, présent et futur

Message par Invité le Lun 2 Fév 2009 - 10:20

Bonjour, Lu sur Flight

Boeing penserait à faire revivre l'OV 10 Bronco pour l'appui léger et le transport léger en zones de conflit :

Boeing is considering thepossibility of restarting production of the OV-10 Bronco turboprop, a
Vietnam-era light attack and observation aircraft last produced in 1976.

The company confirms that the OV-10 could be offered as either a light attack or intra-theatre light
cargo aircraft for the US Air Force. The international market is also driving interest in the slow-flying aircraft, which blends some of the observational capabilities of a helicopter with the range of a fixed-wing aircraft.

Boeing has cited recent USAF interest in acquiring a light attack aircraft as a possible reason to
revive OV-10 production.

Although known for its surveillance prowess, the OV-10 remains in combat service in four countries: Colombia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Venezuela, with a weapons load at least equivalent to the Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter. Some of those countries, and perhaps new customers, could seek remanufactured or new production OV-10s as their current fleets wear out.

So far, the USAF has not decided whether to buy a light attack fleet, known as the OA-X. But the Air National Guard will experiment later this year with the Beechcraft AT-6 Texan II. The USAF is also buying dozens of AT-6s on behalf of the Iraqi air force. The Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano and US Aircraft A-67 Dragon are also candidates for an OA-X order.
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OV10 Bronco, passé, présent et futur

Message par Poncho (Admin) le Jeu 24 Sep 2009 - 9:02

Bonjour à tous

Confirmation Offers Reborn OV-10&channel=defense

Boeing Offers Reborn OV-10

Sep 23, 2009

Graham Warwick

Boeing is hoping that a counterinsurgency aircraft designed during the Vietnam War can be reborn to meet the U.S. Air Force's growing irregular warfare requirements.

The company is offering an updated OV-10 Bronco to meet the Air Force's Light Attack Armed Reconnaissance (LAAR) specification, and believes the design could perform some of the companion Light Mobility Aircraft's (LiMA) requirements.

The proposed new-build OV-10(X) would stick close to the 1970s-vintage OV-10D aerodynamically and structurally to ensure its original military qualification remains valid, but would feature updated avionics, sensors and engines, says Dave Schweppe, business development director for Boeing's global strike systems division.

Compared with its likely LAAR competitors -- the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano and Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 advanced-trainer/light-attack aircraft -- the OV-10 is a twin-engined aircraft designed to operate from unimproved runways and able to carry additional payload internally, he says.

"We have one small challenge; we are not in production," Schweppe says. "But that is also a strength as we are not tied to a location. We can build it anywhere." Boeing can convert the existing paper drawings to digital solid models and restart production in time to meet the Air Force's plan to begin procurement in fiscal 2010, he says.

"The basic aircraft meets the LAAR specification. It also meets 80 percent of the LiMA requirement, which gives them the option of a single platform," Schweppe says. "We have a challenge with head space -- we're 0.5 inches short of accommodating the 99th-percentile pilot -- but we can fix that."

The baseline OV-10(X) proposal uses updated versions of the Bronco's original T76 (Honeywell TPE331) turboprops, but trade studies of alternative off-the-shelf engines continue. The new glass cockpit and mission system would be drawn largely from another program that Schweppe declined to identify.

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