The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) is arming the six Air Tractor/Iomax AT-802 BPAs it got from the United Arab Emirates to upgrade them from just border patrol and reconnaissance to armed recon, counter-insurgency and close-air support aircraft. Before the end of the year the upgraded type will reach its operational capability status.
The AT-802s were originally made by Air Tractor for the agricultural business, but the type’s strong wings, good survivability, low-cost and easiness to operate have given it an interesting military role for air forces that face an interior low- to intermediate threat for which advanced fighter jets are just a bit to valuable and overdone to use. US Honeywell Aerospace company Iomax has made it its business to tailor the AT-802 for the combat role.
With the new modifications the RJAF AT-802s will be able to launch up to six AGM-114 Hellfire missiles as well as up to six GBU-58 250 lbs precision-guided bombs, each on its own pylon underneath the wing, making the aircraft a valuable asset. The sensors to guide the missiles to their targets will be in a casing on the belly of the aircraft.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, with source information from Air Tractor and Iomax