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Air Tractor OA-8 Longsword

United States (2018)
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The Air Tractor OA-8 Longsword is the dedicated armed derivative of the AT-802 agricultural / fire-fighting platform.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Air Tractor OA-8 Longsword Close-Air Support (CAS) Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 4/11/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The OA-8 "Longsword" is one of many capable aircraft designs currently competing for the Close Air Support (CAS) role of various countries. The aircraft is based on the American Air Tractor AT-802 (detailed elsewhere on this site), modified by L-3 Technologies for the CAS role and debuting during Avalon Airshow 2017 (Australia). The design pairs the established Air Tractor agricultural / fire-fighting airframe with modern technologies and ordnance delivery capabilities to suit ongoing over-battlefield needs. The AT-802 is a globally popular aircraft in civilian market sectors and sees operations from Argentina and Brazil to Kenya and Indonesia.

The aircraft, in its CAS role, seats two personnel in tandem under a heavily framed canopy and within an armored cockpit due to the low-altitude flight envelopes at play in the CAS role. The cockpit is set well-aft of the long-running nose and, at the nose, is a five-bladed propeller unit powered by a Pratt & Whitney engine installation. The tail unit is of a conventional single-finned arrangement. The wing mainplanes are set low and each sports multiple hardpoints. An additional hard point pairing is seen under the belly and an optics set is fitted under the nose. The undercarriage is fixed and wheeled ("tail dragger" configuration).
Supported armament will run the gamut of widely-used munitions and ordnance options including gun pods, cannon pods, rocket pods (unguided rockets), and conventional drop bombs (smart and dumb). Armament load outs can capacity reach 6,200lb.

The Longsword has several distinct inherent features: strong low-altitude flying characteristics and handling, a 400 nautical mile operating range, and 10 hour mission endurance window. It can remain on station for over five hours.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (224mph).

    Graph average of 225 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
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National Origin: United States
Service Year: 2018
Classification Type: Close-Air Support (CAS) Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Air Tractor / L-3 Technologies - United States
Production Units: 1
Operational Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
United States (possible)
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Air Tractor OA-8 Longsword model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
35.93 ft


Meters
10.95 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
59.22 ft


Meters
18.05 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
12.80 ft


Meters
3.9 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
6,614 lb


Kilograms
3,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
16,535 lb


Kilograms
7,500 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engine developing up to 1,940 horsepower and driving a five-bladed propeller at the nose.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
224 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
360 kph


Knots
194 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
621 mi


Kilometers
1,000 km


Nautical Miles
540 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
25,098 ft


Meters
7,650 m


Miles
4.75 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
1,250 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
381 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (10):

Up to 6,200lb of stores carried including cannon pods, conventional drop bombs and rocket pods.
Visual Armory:

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• OA-8 "Longsword" - Base Series Designation