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The Vigilante Rises Again

Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:23 am

Perhaps affected in the agricultural front by the current economic situation, Air Tractor is now reviving their converted V-1A Vigilante for potential sale to the USAF and "other militaries". They consider it a good aircraft for "irregular warfare" and see it fitting in areas like Afghanistan.

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/AT-802U_3.jpg
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/AT-802U_3.jpg

http://www.flightglobal.com/cgi-bin/...earch=Air+Tractor&IncludeBlogs=108

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"The Air Tractor AT-802U is now en route from Olney, Texas, to Le Bourget, France, to be unveiled at the Paris Air Show, said Lee Jackson, design engineer.

Featuring an armoured fuselage, a 10hr loiter time and the ability to haul more than 8,000lb of payload, unarmed AT-802Us have been operated by the US State Department in South America since 2002 eradicating drug crops, Jackson said.

Air Tractor is now offering the weaponized AT-802U Air Truck to the US Air Force and other militaries to serve as a a trainer/light attack fighter. After its international debut in Paris, the PT6A-67F-powered turboprop will return to Olney for a series of wepaons and sensor integration trials, he said."


If not for the current market slump, it could be said the timing was spot on, with so many insurgencies ongoing around the world. One might even think this other blog entry was not entirely coincidental.....

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/th...ost-unfortunate-headline-of-t.html
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:53 am

You had me all excited that a North American A-5 Vigilante was resurrected and flying by the Collins Foundation or CAA or someone!

I shall name you Destroyer of Dreams.

 

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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:03 am

Been tried so many times (based on all kinds of aircraft) I've stopped counting.
Fact is, apart from some "rebel armies" noone wants a cropduster or GA light aircraft with a few rocket pods and machine guns slung under the wings.
Armed forces want Apaches or Mi-24s, F-16s and MiG-29s.
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:06 am

Yes, you fooled me as well, I thought we were going to see the USN Viggi airborne again, that would be impressive !
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:30 am



Quoting Jwenting (Reply 2):
Been tried so many times (based on all kinds of aircraft) I've stopped counting.
Fact is, apart from some "rebel armies" noone wants a cropduster or GA light aircraft with a few rocket pods and machine guns slung under the wings.
Armed forces want Apaches or Mi-24s, F-16s and MiG-29s.

The concept of a turboprop light attack aircraft is coming back into vogue for those nations that are actively involved in counter-insurgencies. They are cheap, can carry a decent amount of ordinance, and can stay aloft for a reasonable amount of time.
 
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Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:04 am



Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1):
You had me all excited that a North American A-5 Vigilante was resurrected and flying by the Collins Foundation or CAA or someone!

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Thought we had a Vigi flying, got a crop duster instead....  frown 
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:08 pm



Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1):
You had me all excited that a North American A-5 Vigilante was resurrected and flying by the Collins Foundation or CAA or someone!

I too was disapointed.

I don't know how well this "poor mans A-10" will do.

I suspect that somebody with a dedicated design would have better luck.
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:14 am

I have to say that modern militaries are not really interested in an airplane too slow to avoid being shot down by a helicopter (guns even), but it may be that they're missing on a basic issue. Such an airplane is a great COIN aircraft, if it's being used in airspace dominated by friendly air.

It's very cheap, and one of the reasons that no one wants it is that it's a terrible career post for a fighter dominated Air Force. The USMC got rid of the OV-10s after the first Gulf War because they took losses, and they figured they could do the same job with UAVs, plus any money spent on these things took away from the big jets they wanted. Same goes for the USAF. They don't want little airplanes (hell, they don't want the A-10s) that have to take ground fire.

I think this airplane, or any like it, could be a real benefit to convoys, pipeline patrols and quick reaction for long range patrols. Jets don't have the loiter time these things will, and the Afghans adn Iraqis would do well to look hard at them. Can buy several of these for what it costs to buy one Apache.
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:11 am

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1):
I shall name you Destroyer of Dreams.

Thank you. I think that goes well with my user name.

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 2):
Fact is, apart from some "rebel armies" noone wants a cropduster or GA light aircraft with a few rocket pods and machine guns slung under the wings.
Armed forces want Apaches or Mi-24s, F-16s and MiG-29s.

While they doubtless dream about such fancy machines (old tech by FW standards) it's also a fact that the insurgencies are mostly in poor, Thirld World countries where there won't be any money left to keep those flying if they bought them - that is, if they could afford to buy in the first place. The choice is "need" rather than "want". And it quickly dawns that purposely designed combat helos and fighter jets are way "overkill" for chasing ragtag rebels (albeit supplied with MANPADs) in their mountainous jungle lairs and scattered island hideaways.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
I don't know how well this "poor mans A-10" will do.

This said it fared quite well in South/Central America and in Southeast Asia.....

http://worldatwar.net/chandelle/v3/v3n3/articles/ayres.html


Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
I suspect that somebody with a dedicated design would have better luck.

Well, Hawker Beechcraft already won the Iraqi contest.....

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_AT-6B_Concept_Desert_lg.jpg
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These are almost always included in any shortlist.....

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_Super_Tucanos_Formation_lg.jpg
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While this had been selected for the PAF IINM, but was subsequently dropped due to alleged "irregularities".....

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_AH-6_Little_Bird_Display_lg.jpg
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Quoting DL021 (Reply 7):
I have to say that modern militaries are not really interested in an airplane too slow to avoid being shot down by a helicopter (guns even), but it may be that they're missing on a basic issue. Such an airplane is a great COIN aircraft, if it's being used in airspace dominated by friendly air.


http://www.timawa.net/images/modernization/vigilante.jpg

Yes. Recall that we have discussed it two years ago.....

U.S.A.F. Bids Coin Platform For Iraq (by DEVILFISH May 4 2007 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)

The COIN aircraft for the most part, are not intended for the USAF per se, but for the various entities it is supporting. IMO, the points given in this piece remain valid.....

http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/cc/WJohnson.html

Quote:
"According to the original FID study conducted by AFSOC in 1991, a majority of Third World air forces either do not possess the appropriate aircraft or are unable to maintain the aircraft they do have. Moreover, 'they have equipped their air forces to fight external wars, often with fast-moving jet aircraft entirely unsuited to counter-insurgency, counternarcotics, and nation-building operations.' These aircraft tend to be expensive, maintenance intensive, and possessing limited to no capability to access remote areas. Accounting for this tendency is the fact that foreign air forces tend to look to the US Air Force as a model and mentor. Unfortunately, since the US Air Force has 'concentrated on developing sophisticated tactical and special operations weapons systems for US war-fighting requirements, its aircraft are far too expensive and complex for use by Third World governments.' Yet the innate tendency of the US Air Force is to encourage Third World air forces to buy these very systems. And very often, small foreign air forces acquire these self-same systems more for 'prestige' purposes than military necessity."

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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:47 pm

It's been tried, look up the Piper Enforcer for example.
I'd want something like that for my air force if I had to go on a budget and wanted to buy new, not a cropduster with rocket pods under the wings.

Apart from some armed trainers doing double duty as light attack aircraft (heck, the RAF planned to use their Hawks as point defence interceptors to shoot down Soviet Bears and Badgers over the North Sea) there's not been much commercial success.
Bronco is probably the last one that did sell, and that one was quite a bit larger than a cropduster.
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:03 am



Quoting Jwenting (Reply 9):
It's been tried, look up the Piper Enforcer for example.

Well, one is bound to succeed, while most others would fail. It's survival of the fittest (or the one best connected). At the moment, that one seems to be the AT-6B, with its first export sale to Iraq - courtesy of the USAF. The parallel purchase of the basic trainer variant for the US air force and navy could only help it along. Maybe Afghanistan would follow. The Super Tucano isn't doing too badly either, with another recent sale.

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 9):
I'd want something like that for my air force if I had to go on a budget and wanted to buy new, not a cropduster with rocket pods under the wings.

It may be a bit difficult for you to appreciate what minuscule "budgets" air forces contemplating this "improvised" solution are working with. To give you an idea, they're having a very hard time just providing their men uniforms and keeping them shod. Don't even mention housing.

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 9):
Apart from some armed trainers doing double duty as light attack aircraft (heck, the RAF planned to use their Hawks as point defence interceptors to shoot down Soviet Bears and Badgers over the North Sea) there's not been much commercial success.
Bronco is probably the last one that did sell, and that one was quite a bit larger than a cropduster.

While Air Tractor would certainly be hoping for bigger sales, I think they also realise that there is no prospect of a long production run for such an endeavour - that they're just filling up an unfilled need, which hopefully, could tide them over until they could revert to their regular bread and butter products. The conversions wouldn't take much investment on their part, and they could call themselves lucky if another two or three countries order the same. And those air arms will definitely look to Hawker or Embraer first if they had the money.

As it is, the adoption of converted GA aircraft seems to be going well.....

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/art...ty-flies-first-combat-mission.html



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"JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq --- The Air Force's newest intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew its first combat sortie June 10 over Iraq.

The MC-12 Liberty, assigned to the 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, arrived in Iraq June 8 and took off from Joint Base Balad at approximately 2:30 p.m. local time for a four-hour mission."
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:08 pm



Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 8):
These are almost always included in any shortlist.....

Regarding those Tucanos, Maverick's "gutsiest move ever" may be getting some competition: centerline-mounted rocket pods on single-engine props!
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:03 am



Quoting Vzlet (Reply 11):
Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 8):
These are almost always included in any shortlist.....

Regarding those Tucanos, Maverick's "gutsiest move ever" may be getting some competition: centerline-mounted rocket pods on single-engine props!

Do they make interupter gear for rocket pods?  flamed 

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 8):
Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
I suspect that somebody with a dedicated design would have better luck.

Well, Hawker Beechcraft already won the Iraqi contest.....

Well at least that is developed on a military airframe.

Picture this gun-nose B-25J reengined with PW-120's.
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:43 am

Might not be as far fetched as you think...it could find a niche role with AFSOC. After all the USN is testing a Super Tucano or two....
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:39 pm

I know this is the wrong (right! in my mind) Vigilante, but...

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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:18 pm



Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1):
You had me all excited that a North American A-5 Vigilante was resurrected and flying

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Quoting N328KF (Reply 14):
I know this is the wrong (right! in my mind) Vigilante, but...

Yeah, that would turn some heads at Oskosh ! Unfortunately..

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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:51 pm

I see it wants nice 7.62mm gatlings... Why not shove it on a moveable turret, and put 2 turrents under an AN-2  Smile You can have the AN2 with turboprops (AN3)  Smile Then it can serve as aerial COIN Command post... that'll make the other attacking platforms even deadlier ! *I must be kidding!* The AN2/AN3 is also from the agricultural background by usage...

When you need to go in (as in too close), just paradrop some troops, and pick them up later if there's some flat land there... or get a man extractor since the plane can fly slow enough... (<50kts estimated stall speed)... Now that's a versatile COIN platform!  Smile  Smile Much cheaper than a helicopter.

Otherwise...
Bring back the SPAD!!!!!

Actually, since the Iraqis already have Caravans, my not make an attack version of the Caravan? Use the underbelly cargo pods as bomb bays  Smile or the PAC750XL attack version if you want ugly looking airframes.

I think I've drunk too much!

COIN aircraft = Ugly looking aircraft carrying loads of cheap unguided munitions right?
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:55 am

Not sure about the effectiveness of a crop duster for anything other than crop dusting. Armor the cockpits as have been done and let them just dust the coca/poppy fields. If you want CAS aircraft, go back to something like the A-1D Skyraider or F-8F Bearcat. I hear alot of arguments about the fact that props are slow. Yes, they are slow because of their intended purpose. You want something that can loiter over the battlefield at a distance out of small-arms range, but close enough to be called in on a moments notice.

A turbine powered F-8F or A-1D would make more sense. They did make six new copies of the FW-190. Maybe those are available for hire? Big grin
 
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:58 am



Quoting ThePointblank (Reply 4):



Quoting ThePointblank (Reply 4):
The concept of a turboprop light attack aircraft is coming back into vogue for those nations that are actively involved in counter-insurgencies. They are cheap, can carry a decent amount of ordinance, and can stay aloft for a reasonable amount of time.

nothing that an A-10 can't do now, besides I can't remember what it is called but the US already has a design and it was discussed about a year ago bringing it back, it was a prop job they used in Korea and vietnam the aircraft was developed towards the end of WWII and from my understanding is they already have some in storage. (if anyone can help with the name or pics it would be appreciated) Its much more capable than the aircraft pictured above
 
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sun Jun 21, 2009 12:22 pm



Quoting Wvsuperhornet (Reply 18):
besides I can't remember what it is called but the US already has a design and it was discussed about a year ago bringing it back, it was a prop job they used in Korea and vietnam the aircraft was developed towards the end of WWII and from my understanding is they already have some in storage. (if anyone can help with the name or pics it would be appreciated) Its much more capable than the aircraft pictured above

Boeing has been discussing bringing the Bronco back into production. It's Vietnam vintage not WWII or Korea though.


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Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:21 pm



Quoting Wvsuperhornet (Reply 18):
nothing that an A-10 can't do now, besides I can't remember what it is called but the US already has a design and it was discussed about a year ago bringing it back, it was a prop job they used in Korea and vietnam the aircraft was developed towards the end of WWII and from my understanding is they already have some in storage

Maybe the A-1 Skyraider but I don't think it was in Korea or the A-20 Havoc or A-26 Marauder? You can Google it for pix I just woke up and don't have the time to post pix.

Hearing the OV-10 might come back is cool... I saw them still down at Patricks AFB near Cocoa, FL all the time til just recently it seems.
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Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:45 pm

Any time you have air dominance anything that flies can be used for ground attack, and the slower it flies and the more maneuverable it is the easier it is to hit ground targets precisely. This plus its excellent armor is why the A10 has proved to be so effective. However, if there is any aerial opposition the requirements for effective aircraft increase dramatically.
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Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:34 am

A year and a month after the last post - this comes out. Air Tractor must be laughing all the way to the bank.....

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...ent-fighter-to-first-customer.html

Quote:
"Texas-based Air Tractor has launched production of the AT-802U surveillance, precision strike and utility aircraft for an undisclosed foreign customer, chief designer Lee Jackson confirms.

Details about the order's size and identity remain secret at the request of the customer, Jackson says.

The converted cropduster parked on the static line also displayed a full array of weaponry, including an all-new precision glide bomb with 3m (10ft) circular error probable (CEP) accuracy in the 50kg (110lb)-class designed by Moog/FTS that is called the 'border protection weapon' (BPW).



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With the ability to carry a 4,000kg payload and 10h endurance, the AT-802U is able to carry a wide range of weapons and sensors, Jackson says.

On nine hard points, the static AT-802U carried two 50-cal GAU-19 Gatling guns, two BPWs, one AGM-114 Hellfire, four direct attack guided rockets (DAGR), two Mk82 (225kg-class) bombs and a launcher for unguided rockets.

In the fuselage beneath the nose, the AT-802 also carries a partially retractable targeting and surveillance sensor called the L-3 Communications Wescam MX-15Di."



If one has to guess about the customer, this news report provides a clue.....

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/07/22/ap/asia/main6701439.shtml

SEPilot (Reply 21):
However, if there is any aerial opposition the requirements for effective aircraft increase dramatically.

There's probably not going to be aerial opposition. The real opposition would likely be aired through the various groups protesting the idea.....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...le/2010/07/29/AR2010072906010.html


If the assumption was off the mark, another possibility lies slightly north of there - or halfway around the world where the other flag on the tail belongs.

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Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:43 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 19):
Boeing has been discussing bringing the Bronco back into production. It's Vietnam vintage not WWII or Korea though.


Is this what the Ravens used to fly recco?
 
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Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:54 pm

Here is my recommendation:

http://www.aerospace.co.nz/aircraft/...e-aircraft/fletcher-fu-25-defender

I built a wood model of one of these when I was like 7, loved them ever since.
 
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:01 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 19):

I think Wvsuperhornet was refering to the ---> AD / A-1 Skyraider.
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:42 pm

Once the bad guys get SAM 7's ..........
 
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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:57 am

It seems SAM 7s would be overkill - but the report indicates landing error.....   

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...precision-strike-demonstrator.html

Quote:
"A too-short landing at an Army reserve base in California caused substantial damage Air Tractor's AT-802U surveillance, precision strike and utility demonstrator aircraft on 21 October.

According to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report, a pilot and flight test engineer flying in the two-seat modified agricultural single at the time were testing maximum performance takeoffs and landings on the 1,829m (6,000ft) hard clay Schoonover runway at Fort Hunter Liggett California when the accident occurred. Neither was injured."


Apparently, delivery of the first two airframes went ahead despite the accident.....


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Now, who would've thunk the UAE was the customer?   
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Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:29 pm

They did make six new copies of the FW-190. Maybe those are available for hire? Big grin

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Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:06 pm

Quoting mffoda (Reply 25):
I think Wvsuperhornet was refering to the ---> AD / A-1 Skyraider.

Sure would like to see ANY discussion of bringing the Skyraider back....
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Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:30 pm

When I read the title I got excited, but upon opening the thread I was sure disappointed. I though it was this Vigilante that was raising:


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RE: The Vigilante Rises Again

Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:49 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 29):
Sure would like to see ANY discussion of bringing the Skyraider back....

I still get to see A-1 Skyraiders fly at the TICO airshow (Titusville, FL) every year, and I'm thankful for that.
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Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:02 pm

Quoting hka098 (Reply 28):
They did make six new copies of the FW-190.

The half-scale or so replicas look to be about the same size as the AT-802U.....

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Quoting hka098 (Reply 28):
Maybe those are available for hire?

Alas, nobody came forward to fund an armed, full-size production version, except for recreational flying, one of which, unfortunately, suffered the same fate as the AT-802U demonstrator.....

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And since production of the AT-802U is now confirmed, an "irreverent" nickname must perforce be "coined"..... what about EXTERMINATOR to get rid of "pests" as some call insurgents ..... or BUGBUSTER perhaps, to more closely describe its origins.  
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Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:18 pm

Quoting Wvsuperhornet (Reply 18):
I can't remember what it is called but the US already has a design and it was discussed about a year ago bringing it back, it was a prop job they used in Korea and vietnam the aircraft was developed towards the end of WWII and from my understanding is they already have some in storage. (if anyone can help with the name or pics it would be appreciated) Its much more capable than the aircraft pictured above

Did you mean this?.....

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Indeed, an outfit called ATK is trying to resurrect the type for the COIN mission.....

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/th...ausa2010-ov-1d-mohawk-revived.html

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"ATK has teamed up with Mohawk Technologies and Broadbay to revive the OV-1D Mohawk for the counter-insurgency market.

The new version adds the ATK 30mm chain gun from the Boeing AH-64 Apache, plus a glass cockpit and integrated targeting system with electro-optical/infrared sensor turret.

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If someone decides to push the armed reconnaissance trainers into a combat zone, so much the better. 'Why not?' says Bringhurst.

But the ultimate goal is to sell the aircraft on the foreign market. The US State Department last week approved ATK's license application to market the aircraft to approved foreign customers. The OV-1D team is targeting potential military and government buyers in the Middle East and South America."
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