Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Beechcraft AT-6 Completes Phase III of Weapons Testing


Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company (HBDC) on Monday announced it has completed Phase III of a weapons assessment of AT-6 light attack aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida after successfully employing more than 265 bombs and rockets, and firing 3,000 rounds from the AT-6’s 50-caliber guns.

This week, during the Air Force Association’s 2012 Air&Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., the company shares the complete list of U.S. and NATO Standard weapons that have been integrated and tested to further demonstrate why the AT-6 is the most capable light attack aircraft in production.

During Phase III, the AT-6 became the first ever fixed-wing aircraft to successfully launch GATR, TALON and APKWS 2.75” laser-guided rockets and also achieved a direct hit with the AGM-114 Hellfire II P+ air-to-surface missile. Phases I and II of the weapons assessment included computer-aided deliveries of general purpose and laser-guided bombs, as well as air-to-ground and air-to-air gunnery using the aircraft’s two 50-caliber guns. All weapons testing was accomplished with oversight from the United States Air Force Air Armament Center and the Air National Guard and Air Reserve Command Test Center.
The following weapons have been integrated and tested on the AT-6:

AGM-114 Hellfire II P+ Laser-Guided Missiles
APKWS 2.75” Laser-Guided Rockets
TALON 2.75” Laser-Guided Rockets
GATR 2.75” Laser-Guided Rockets
GBU-12 (500 lb.) Paveway II Laser-Guided Bomb
GBU-58 (250 lb.) Paveway II Laser-Guided Bomb
Mk-81 (250 lb.) General Purpose Bomb
Mk-82 (500 lb.) General Purpose Bomb
50 Caliber Guns

The AT-6 is a multi-role, multi-mission aircraft system designed to meet the spectrum of needs for the emergent Light Attack mission