|Status:||In Service / Requested||In Service|
|Number:||2 (1 crashed in March 2016) / 2||1 (1 RC-208 being converted; 1 additional aircraft requested)|
|Cost:||$14.7 m per plane|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Role:||Light attack/Trainer/ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance)/light transport|
|Manufacturer:||Cessna and ATK|
|Power plant:||Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 867 SHP turboprop engine|
|Wingspan:||52 ft 1 in (15.87 m)|
|Length:||41 ft 7 in (12.67 m)|
|Height:||14 ft 10 in (4.52 m)|
|Maximum takeoff weight:||8,807 lbs|
|Fuel Capacity:||2,246 pounds / 335 gal|
|Ceiling:||25,000 ft (7,620 m)|
|Armament:||2 x hardpoints|
|Air-to-ground||2 x AGM-114M/K Hellfire missiles|
|Radar/Sensors:||ATK’s STAR Mission System, with the STAR Compact MPU, 18-inch Avedon color display and integrated fire-control system|
|MX-15D EO/IR sensor with integrated laser designator and IMU|
|Countermeasures/ Defenses:||AAR-47/ALE-47 Defensive Countermeasures System|
|Ballistic panels for cockpit and passenger protection|
|Misc Systems:||BMS A/G and A/A data link (other data links available)|
|Cockpit tactical displays|
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- “ATK to Deliver Second Armed Cessna Caravan for Lebanon.” Strategic Defence Intelligence. N.p., 23 Jan. 2012. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.
- “U.S. Gives Lebanese Army Cessna Aircraft.” The Daily Star Newspaper. N.p., 6 Nov. 2013. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.
- “ATK Delivers Third AC-208 ‘Combat Caravan’ Aircraft to Iraqi Air Force.” Alliant Techsystems Inc., 16 Nov. 2009. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.
- Hoyle, Craig, Sandra Lewis-Rice, John Maloney, and Marc Antony Payne. World Air Forces 2014. Sutton, Surrey: Flight Global, 2013. Flight Global, 10 Dec. 2013. Web. 30 Dec. 2013.
- “AC-208 Combat Caravan.” Alliant Techsystems Inc., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AC-208 aircraft and related equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $65.3 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 6, 2016. The Government of Iraq requests to […]
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