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Orbital ATK AC-208 Eliminator

United States (2008)
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Orbital ATK based its AC-208II Eliminator on the existing AC-208 attack platform line - itself based on the Cessna Caravan.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Orbital ATK AC-208 Eliminator Close-Air Support (CAS) / Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 1/3/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Orbital ATK AC-208II "Eliminator" is another entry into the growing field of Close-Air Support (CAS), light attack platforms with a secondary over-battlefield role of Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR). Such aircraft are tempting purchases for budget-minded air services due to their relatively low up-front procurement cost and reduced long-term maintenance / cost commitments. The AC-208II is a modified offshoot of the Cessna Caravan (Model 208) by Cessna / Textron Aviation and stands as the Block II version of the turboprop-powered AC-208 "Armed Caravan" / "Combat Caravan" with broadened tactical value.

The original Armed Caravan form has been flying since 2008.

The aircraft takes on a relatively unique form with its high-mounted wing mainplanes offering excellent lift and short-field operation. The nose section houses the engine fit, a single Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) turboprop of 675 horsepower driving a three-bladed propeller unit, just ahead of the side-by-side seating cockpit. The tail unit is conventional with a single vertical plane and low-set horizontal surfaces. The undercarriage is of a tricycle arrangement.
This military-certified aircraft is equipped with a High-Definition (HD) MX-15HD series EO/IR sensor and is a complete self-contained search, tracking and engagement machine. It can operate in day or night environments within reach of friendly forces on-the-ground and keep a watchful eye on enemy movements and established positions. The aerial system comes complete with a missile warning and countermeasures suite for enhanced survivability over the battlefield. The AC-208II is outfitted to carry up to 4 x AGM-114 "Hellfire" air-to-surface missiles, a one-time tank-killing weapon seen on the Hughes "Apache" series of attack helicopters, under its wing mainplanes (two per wing on dual-rail fittings). Available weapons stations also support 2.75" (unguided) seven-shot rocket pods (one pod per wing). The aircraft is equipped with Orbital ATK's own advanced targeting and Fire Control System (FCS) and the cockpit features armor to protect the crew during low-level fly bys in contested airspace.

The nations of Iraq and Libya both operate the AC-208 series aircraft with Afghanistan set to take on its first (of seven) examples (by way of the United States Air Force) some time in 2018.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (214mph).

    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: 2008
Classification Type: Close-Air Support (CAS) / Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Orbital ATK - USA
Production Units: 50
Operational Status: Active, Limited Service
Global Operators:
Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Orbital ATK AC-208II Eliminator model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
37.57 ft


Meters
11.45 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
52.10 ft


Meters
15.88 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
14.93 ft


Meters
4.55 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
4,729 lb


Kilograms
2,145 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
8,818 lb


Kilograms
4,000 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) turboprop engine developing 675 horsepower and driving a three-bladed propeller at the nose.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
214 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
345 kph


Knots
186 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
1,243 mi


Kilometers
2,000 km


Nautical Miles
1,080 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
24,606 ft


Meters
7,500 m


Miles
4.66 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
1,235 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
376 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (2):

VARIABLE:
4 x AGM-114 "Hellfire" air-to-surface missile (twin-rail launchers) OR 2 x 2.75" unguided rockets in seven-shot pods held underwing.
Visual Armory:

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• AC-208 "Armed Caravan" / "Combat Caravan" - Base Series Name.
• AC-208II "Eliminator" - Block II variant