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Diamond DART 450

Austria (2018)

Detailing the development and operational history of the Diamond DART 450 Two-Seat Military Basic Trainer Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 6/14/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

  Diamond DART 450  
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Powered by a Ukrainian turboprop, the Austrian-originated Diamond Dart 450 intends to make a splash in the military basic trainer market before the end of the decade.

Before airmen can graduate to flying jet-powered aircraft types, they must complete time in basic trainers. As such, there remains a lucrative market for such aircraft and many concerns are always vying for the top spot in various air services (as well as flight schools and private buyers) around the world. For Austrian-based Diamond Aircraft, years of design and development work have yielded a viable entry into the field in the DART 450 (DART = "Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer").

The DART 450 is of conventional arrangement as military basic trainers go. The engine is seated at front with the cockpit over midships and a single-vertical tail fin in play. The wing mainplanes are set slightly ahead of midships and are of straight configuration with clipped tips. The crew is seated in tandem under a lightly-framed canopy allowing for excellent vision around the aircraft. Both positions are provided an ejection seat. The engine, of Ukrainian origin, drives a five- bladed propeller unit at the nose. The undercarriage wheeled and wholly retractable. Construction of the aircraft is largely composite.
As finalized, the DART 450 exhibits a length of 35.2 feet, a wingspan of 38.5 feet and a height of 11 feet. Empty weight is 2,935lb with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 5,070lb. Power is from an Ivchenki-Progress Motor Sich AI-450S turboprop engine pushing the aircraft to speeds of 265 miles per hour (288mph maximum), a service ceiling up to 23,000 feet and a rate-of-climb nearing 3,000 feet-per-minute. Endurance is over eight hours.

The DART 450 held its first-flight on May 17th, 2016 and will be a featured exhibit at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The product is targeting both military and civilian markets.
Diamond DART 450 Specifications
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Year: 2018
Type: Two-Seat Military Basic Trainer Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Diamond Aircraft - Austria
Production: 1
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 2
Length: 35.27 ft (10.75 m)
Width: 38.55 ft (11.75 m)
Height: 11.09 ft (3.38 m)
Empty Weight: 2,932 lb (1,330 kg)
MTOW: 5,071 lb (2,300 kg)

Installed Power
1 x Ivchenko-Progress Motor Sich AI-450S turboprop engine developing 495 horsepower and driving a five-bladed propeller at the nose.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 289 mph (465 kph; 251 kts)
Service Ceiling: 22,999 ft (7,010 m; 4.36 mi)
Rate-of-Climb: 3,000 ft/min (914 m/min)


Operators List
Austria (possible); Ukraine (possible)

Series Model Variants
• Dart 450 - Base Series Designation