AC-208B Combat Caravan

Operator: Iraq Lebanon
Status: In Service / Requested In Service
Number: 2 (1 crashed in March 2016) / 2 3 (1 RC-208 converted)
Cost: $14.7 m per plane
Acquired: 2007-2009 2010-2016
General Specs
Country of origin: United States
Role: Light attack/Trainer/ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance)/light transport
Manufacturer: Cessna and ATK
Introduced: 1984
Power plant: Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 867 SHP turboprop engine
Thrust:
Wingspan: 52 ft 1 in (15.87 m)
Length: 41 ft 7 in (12.67 m)
Height: 14 ft 10 in (4.52 m)
Weight: 4,570 pounds
Maximum takeoff weight: 8,807 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 2,246 pounds / 335 gal
Speed: 213 mph
Ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
Range: 911.6 miles
Crew: 10
Armament: 2 x hardpoints
Guns None
Air-to-air None
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)
VHF/UHF communications
Cockpit tactical displays

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Lebanon Receives Third Hellfire-Capable Cessna

The United States formally handed over a third Cessna 208B Caravan turboprop aircraft (L-403) on 19 December that can launch AGM-114 Hellfire laser-guided missiles to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). “This Cessna that we see here today will be equipped with Hellfire missiles and a day-time/night-time targeting system,” US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard said during the […]

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Alliant Techsystems Awarded $17 Million to Upgrade Iraqi Cessna 208 Aircraft with HD Video

Alliant Techsystems Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $16,946,770 firm-fixed-price modification (P00007) to previously awarded contract FA8106-16-C-0004. Contractor will fully develop and implement a modification in Iraq to install five MX-15 HD systems and upgrade all Cessna 208 aircraft to HD video. Work will be performed in Iraq, and is expected to be […]

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Alliant Techsystems Awarded $22 Million to Provide Logistics Support for Iraqi Cessna 208s

Alliant Techsystems Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $22,189,071 firm-fixed-price modification (P00010) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA8106-16-C-0004 for contractor logistic support for the Iraqi Air Force’s Cessna 208 fleet. Work will be performed at various locations in Iraq, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2017. This […]

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State Department Approves $65.3 Million Sale of AC-208 Combat Caravans to Iraq

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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Alliant Techsystems Awarded $11 Million to Provide Support to Iraqi C-208B Caravans

Alliant Techsystems Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $11,149,698.00 definitized contract action modification (PZ002) for previously award contract FA8106-16-C-0004 to continue contractor logistic support for the Iraqi Air Force’s Cessna 208B Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Caravan and the Cessna 208B Armed Caravan fleet. Work will be performed at Balad, Iraq, and is expected to […]

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State Department Approves $181 Million Contract to Support Iraqi AC-208 Aircraft

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Iraq for AC-208 sustainment, logistics, and spares support. The estimated cost is $181 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Iraq has requested a possible […]

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Iraqi Air Force Conducting 60 Percent of Sorties, PM Abadi Says

More than 60 percent of sorties against Islamic State in Iraq are carried out by the nation’s air forces and about 40 percent by the U.S.-led coalition, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday. Iraq’s army last month scored its first success against Islamic State when it recaptured, with air support from the coalition, the […]

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State Department Approves $750 Million Sale of Hellfire Missiles to Iraq

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of Hellfire missiles and Captive Air Training Missiles, related equipment and support. The estimated cost is $800 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on January 6, 2016. The Government of […]

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Alliant Techsystems Awarded $12.7 Million to Provide Logistics Support to Iraqi Cessnas

Alliant Techsystems Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $12,690,000 firm-fixed-price, labor hour, and cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized contract action for contractor logistic support. Contractor will provide CLS for the Iraqi Air Force’s Cessna 208B ISR caravan and the Cessna 208B Armed Caravan fleet. Work will be performed in Iraq, and is expected to be […]

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Iraqi Military’s Lack of Airpower Enabling ISIS’s Advance

This week’s stunning advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) presents some serious questions about the legitimacy of Iraqi security forces (ISF) and Washington’s policy of giving billions in military aid to troubled Middle Eastern governments. Since the fall of Fallujah in early January, the Iraqi military has failed to put down the […]