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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2017 9:06 p.m. PST

"Stavatti, the mercurial, Minnesota-based aerospace startup, has dusted off its old proposal for a new attack plane to partially replace the U.S. Air Force's venerable A-10 Warthog.

The Machete, which is still just a concept, would come in two variants optimized for close air support  the propeller-driven SM-27 and the jet-propelled SM-28. Stavatti has proposed other variants of the Machete for air-to-air combat and advanced training.

The SM-27 and SM-28 are both single-engine, single-seat planes. They're both armed with the same GAU-8 30-millimeter cannon that the A-10 also carries…"
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Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Feb 2017 7:30 a.m. PST

That is a damn cool looking plane. Very Anime. …and I had no idea the Afghans were now flying Super Turcanas!

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Feb 2017 9:13 a.m. PST

As good as the design seems to be, I'd think production practicalities might sink this one. Would they have the capacity to produce the aircraft in volume? Would they license production to one of the big boys? Then you've got the Air Force looking at it and saying "what's that funny looking turny thing?" That said, we ought to go for it. Compare the life cycle cost of procuring and maintaining a squadron of those versus a squadron of F-35s dedicated to CAS.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2017 9:29 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend!. (smile)


HammerHead Inactive Member15 Feb 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

Hmmmm why 2 seat?

Ghecko15 Feb 2017 2:18 p.m. PST

The recoil on the GAU is vicious – I wonder if a small, single engine aircraft like this would handle it?

Lion in the Stars15 Feb 2017 5:31 p.m. PST

Bird isn't that small, it's basically the size of the A10 (30k lbs).

Wonder what they're using for engine power?

SouthernPhantom21 Feb 2017 7:14 p.m. PST

Stavatti is notorious for effectively being a fake company. They do not have any aerospace production capacity- their listed "production facility" on the website is actually an industrial pump fabrication shop in California with no apparent relation to Stavatti. They are not a legitimate aerospace company and have probably scammed quite a few investors. Don't take their drivel seriously. They also claim to be an ATF-certified manufacturer (I believe an 07/02 SOT is the correct designation) but no FFL finder service can find a licensee company under the name.

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