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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Aug 2022 4:15 a.m. PST

U.S. Special Operations Command has chosen L3Harris Technologies to supply up to 75 attack planes based on a cropduster aircraft in a deal that could be worth $3 USD billion…

Defense One: link

This is a weaponized Air Tractor AT-802, a turboprop agricultural aircraft that typically flies around 150 mph.

Mr Elmo02 Aug 2022 5:08 a.m. PST

Military must have found some surplus Agent Orange

Striker02 Aug 2022 5:19 a.m. PST

Didn't some PMC, Blackwater maybe, get in trouble using them for Yemen a few years back? Just remember the planes not what the problem was.

microgeorge Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2022 5:25 a.m. PST

Some common sense finally snuck its way into the procurement process. This is a rarity.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Aug 2022 5:53 a.m. PST

Some common sense finally snuck its way into the procurement process. This is a rarity.

Looks like they did an end-run around the Air Force.

Choctaw02 Aug 2022 6:43 a.m. PST

Air Tractor is greatness.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Aug 2022 7:16 a.m. PST

The last "Crop Duster" used in attack mode was against Cary Grant in "North By Northwest"--and it didn't turn out too well for the pilot!

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Legion 402 Aug 2022 9:24 a.m. PST

Military must have found some surplus Agent Orange
No there are better "things" out there now than Agent Orange. Even though that continues to kill many Vets to this day.

However, any chemical attack is considered a use of WMDs. Save for CS, and those types of non-lethal chemicals. If you ever have been hit with a big dose of CS, you'd think you are going to die !

These may be used to "crop-dust" plants to make lethal drugs ?

"Crop dusting" people … I don't think so … But … maybe hit'm with CS … like prepping with FA/HE. Will make a ground attack much easier. Hard for your enemy to shoot at you when they are gagging, gasping for air, skin burning, etc.

Striker02 Aug 2022 3:07 p.m. PST

It'll just carry regular munitions. It's rugged and cheap. There was talk early in Astan of getting something like this, train Afghan pilots on it, then leave them there for their air force since they would know how to fly and maintain them. Don't think that ever went anywhere but we weren't going to give them big $$ jets.

HMS Exeter03 Aug 2022 1:55 p.m. PST

Why do I suspect there is a companion procurement request for drone control systems for these birds?

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