Icarus Aerospace launches new Close air support aircraft

Canada based Icarus Aerospace has launched a new clean-sheet turboprop multi-role tactical fighter aircraft. The highly customizable twin-tu...

Canada based Icarus Aerospace has launched a new clean-sheet turboprop multi-role tactical fighter aircraft.

The highly customizable twin-turboprop TAV™ -Tactical Air Vehicle will be a low cost close air support aircraft with persistent combat patrol capability.

Icarus claims the aircraft will have 90% mission capability of a modern fighter, at 15% of the cost with 100 percent flexibility.

The baseline TAV™ will be a twin tandem seat cockpit that features latest avionics with sensor fusion and network centric capabilities. 

With a planned payload of 8,000 pounds, TAV™ will have an unrefueled endurance of 6 ½ hours at its jet-like high-speed cruise.

The WASP™, a fully militarized, mission-oriented version of TAV™, is focused on Close-Air Support (CAS), Maritime & Coastal Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare, and surveillance.

The WASP will have a MTOW up to 21000 lb, wing span of 51ft (15.5m) and length of 52ft (15.85m).

It will be powered by twin 1700 SHP turboprop engines. The aircraft can be integrated with a 360-degree AESA radar, and up to two chin and belly mounted, retractable FLIR turrets.

Up to 11 external hard points can carry upto 8000 Lbs total load.

Armaments include forward firing fixed cannon, belly mounted optionally installed (up to 30 mm) 360-degree turret cannon, laser guided bombs and rockets, GPS guided munition, up to two torpedoes, sono buoys, anti-ship rockets and Air to Air IR missile.

The third variant BRANTA™, is planned to be a long endurance, high-altitude optionally-piloted/unmanned combat air vehicle (OPV/UCAV).

It will have a wing span of 98 ft (30.0 m) and MTOW up to 27000 lb with a unrefueled endurance greater than 30 Hrs.