SOFIC 2018: AT-802U Multi-Mission Aircraft for Special Forces

At SOFIC 2018, the International Special Operations Forces Industry Exhibition Conference currently taking place in Tampa, Air Tractor is showcasing its AT-802U Multi-Mission Aircraft configured for special operation forces.

SOFIC 2018 AT 802U Multi Mission Aircraft for Special Forces
AT-802U Multi-Mission Aircraft at SOFIC 2018.

“We are very enthusiastic about our participation in SOFIC. The AT-802U Multi-Mission Aircraft, along with the AT-802L Longsword, are both uniquely able to contribute to USSOCOM and AFSOC foreign internal defense (FID) and combat aviation advisor (CAA) missions, as well as direct action missions against our nation’s most dangerous terrorist threats,” said Jim Hirsch, President of Air Tractor.

The AT-802U at show is fitted with multi sensors: electro-optical infrared sensors, synthetic aperture radar and signals intelligence sensors. Each of these can be simultaneously employed on the Air Tractor - L3 Aerospace Systems AT-802L Longsword and integrated on its highly agile and interoperable L3 ForceX Widow Mission Management System. The advanced interoperable sensor configuration on display at SOFIC includes:
• Horizon Technologies’ Flying Fish XPOD (Sat-phone SIGINT System) with integrated L3 Wescam MX-15 EO-IR sensor
• Thales I-Master GMTI SAR
• BAE Systems Tactical SIGINT Payload
• Raytheon Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS-A) EO/IR sensor with new mounting pylon designed specifically for the AT-802U

Even while carrying all these sensors, five additional wing stations are loaded with precision munitions. This configuration effectively meets the operational needs of US Special Operation Forces and US partner nations. Additionally, the AT-802U is specifically designed for austere field operations and benefits from Air Tractor’s existing international sustainment system.

Drawing on a 50-year heritage of rugged, reliable, and cost-effective made-for the mission aircraft, the AT-802 Multi-Mission Aircraft Series is a versatile aerial solution for managing evolving security environments. From illegal border crossings, narcotrafficking and wildlife poaching, to food security and wildfires— the AT-802U provides unrivaled versatility, performance and value.