Africa has built its own military aircraft Mwari

Jet fighters are a symbol of national prestige not only for Africa, but for any other country. Most African states own Russian Su-30s or Su-25s, but practically do not fly on them. Just because they can not afford it. And there’s no point in using fighters worth tens of millions of dollars to inspect the state’s borders.

The situation may change with the debut of Mwari, a light single-engine turboprop combat aircraft developed by the South African company Paramount.

Created on the basis of light reconnaissance ground attack aircraft AHRLAC, the more militarized Mwari is intended for use in security missions, but can also be used for civilian purposes.

Mwari

The creators of Mwari drew inspiration from helicopters and even ground vehicles. This is indicated by a tandem cockpit providing excellent visibility. The turbo-propelled 950-horsepower Pratt & Whitney engine is located behind the cockpit. This provides not only a good overview for the pilots, but also makes the engine less vulnerable.

Mwari is made mainly of aluminum. The material was chosen because of its low cost and good maintainability. When designing subsystems, developers tried to use as little detail as possible to maintain high reliability.

The manufacturer of the aircraft sets a goal to make Mwari the cheapest offer in the niche. According to the first estimates, the cost of the car will be about $ 10 million in the initial modification. The launch of production is planned for the end of 2017 .

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