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.
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
✓Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
29.2 ft (8.90 m)
44.3 ft (13.50 m)
9.2 ft (2.80 m)
3,704 lb (1,680 kg)
6,945 lb (3,150 kg)
+3,241 lb (+1,470 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base LASA T-Bird production variant)
1 x General Electric H80 turboprop engine developing 800 horsepower and driving a four-bladed propeller at the nose.
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base LASA T-Bird production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
Six underwing hardpoints (three to a wing) for the carrying of conventional drop bombs, precision drop bombs, gun pods, rocket pods and cannon pods.
(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
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