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LASA T-Bird

Single-Engine, Twin-Seat Light Attack / Counter-Insurgency Aircraft

LASA T-Bird

Single-Engine, Twin-Seat Light Attack / Counter-Insurgency Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The LASA T-Bird is a Bulgarian militarized modification of the existing Thrush 510G agricultural industry aircraft.
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ORIGIN: Bulgaria
YEAR: 2018
MANUFACTURER(S): LASA Engineering, LTD - Bulgaria
PRODUCTION: 1
OPERATORS: Limited Operation (Africa).
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the LASA T-Bird model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 29.20 feet (8.9 meters)
WIDTH: 44.29 feet (13.5 meters)
HEIGHT: 9.19 feet (2.8 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 3,704 pounds (1,680 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 6,945 pounds (3,150 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x General Electric H80 turboprop engine developing 800 horsepower and driving a four-bladed propeller at the nose.
SPEED (MAX): 140 miles-per-hour (225 kilometers-per-hour; 121 knots)
RANGE: 404 miles (650 kilometers; 351 nautical miles)
CEILING: 15,092 feet (4,600 meters; 2.86 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 1,000 feet-per-minute (305 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



Six underwing hardpoints (three to a wing) for the carrying of conventional drop bombs, precision drop bombs, gun pods, rocket pods and cannon pods.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• T-Bird - Base Series Name.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the LASA T-Bird Single-Engine, Twin-Seat Light Attack / Counter-Insurgency Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 7/12/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The LASA "T-Bird", from Bulgaria-based LASA ("Light Armed Surveillance Aircraft"), is another entry into the growing low-cost close support / attack category that currently includes the Air Tractor AT-802U, the L-3 Technologies "Longsword" and the IOMAX "Archangel". The T-Bird relies on the proven framework of the agricultural-industry-minded Thrush 510G series fixed-wing aircraft and adds to it a host of systems and sub-systems to make for a dedicated light-strike platform with low operating costs and high loitering times.

The aircraft was debuted at the 2017 Paris Air Show and is known to be operating over the African continent under private contractor ownership.

The T-Bird is intended for the light strike / counter-insurgency role as well as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) roles. Its design origins are ideally suited for these sortie types where time-in-the-air is a key requisite. Tactical capability and survivability are added to make for a viable weapons platform.




LASA T-Bird (Cont'd)

Single-Engine, Twin-Seat Light Attack / Counter-Insurgency Aircraft

LASA T-Bird (Cont'd)

Single-Engine, Twin-Seat Light Attack / Counter-Insurgency Aircraft



The wing mainplanes have clipped tips and are straight, given multiple (three-to-a-wing) underwing hardpoints for the carrying of bombs, rocket pods, machine gun pods and precision munitions while also providing the needed inherent lift and drag for low-level flying. At the "chin" position is an optics fit (housing an electro-optical camera and data-link). The wheeled undercarriage is fixed and of a "tail-dragger" configuration while be rugged for short field / rough field operations. The tail unit seats a single vertical stabilizer and low-mounted horizontal planes in the usual way. As the T-Bird is developed from the existing 510G, it is powered by the same General Electric H80 series turboprop engine and this is used to drive a four-bladed propeller at the nose. Internally, the aircraft seats two in tandem and features all-modern glass cockpits (night vision capable) with Western instrumentation and avionics (the latter provided for by Aspen Avionics). The cockpit and engine sections are armored against the hazards of low-altitude, low-speed attack runs.




MEDIA









Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (140mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Graph showcases the LASA T-Bird's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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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 Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
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Supported Arsenal
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