Diamond DART (Series)
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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.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Diamond DART (Series) Two-Seat Military Basic Trainer Aircraft. Entry last updated on 7/19/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
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.
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May 2018 - It was announced that Diamond Aircraft has now flown the DART 550 version of its new aircraft. This model is powered by a single General Electric H75-100 turboprop engine of 550 horsepower.
May 2018 - The Diamond Dart 550 aerobatic trainer variant achieved a first-flight.
July 2018 - The Dart DA42MPP, DA42-VI, and Dart 550 were all debuted publicly for the first time at Farnborough 2018.