Egyptian Air Force AT-802 COIN aircraft revealed

Reports of a possible transfer of 12 Air Tractor AT-802 aircraft  from UAE to the Egyptian Air Force surfaced in January 2015, However, recently satellite footage by DigitalGlobe taken 16th of January indicates that the report is true.

The IOMAX AT-802 are now operating in Egypts Bir Gifgafah Air Base in the Sinai Peninsula.

According to Air Tractor, the AT-802U is protected by cockpit and engine armour, self-sealing fuel tanks and armoured glass windscreens and windows. The AT-802U can be fitted with a wide variety of sensors, such as retractable L-3 Wescam MX-15Di sensor pod, ROVER video downlink, satellite communications, and secure radios. A Pratt & Whitney PT6A engine provides 1 600 shp, giving a maximum speed of 394 km/h.


It is fitted with a flexible Pod mounted under the nose, featuring an L3 WESCAM MX-15 EO/IR sighting system.

L-3 and Air Tractor are now marketing the AT-802L as the OA-8 Longsword.


Ekene Lionel

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