Farnborough 2018: Mwari spools up as Bronco II takes aim

19 July 2018
The Paramount Group AHRLAC XDM aircraft undertaking a rough strip take-off. Source: Paramount Group

Paramount Group has revealed that its Mwari ISR and precision strike aircraft have begun to roll off production lines, with a customer expected to be revealed soon as the company builds up for a campaign in the United States.

“We are in an active sales campaign and we are getting excellent customer feedback. More importantly, we are starting negotiations with a number of key players around the world,” Paramount Group Executive Chairman Ivor Ichikowitz told Jane’s at the Farnborough International Airshow on 18 July. “The system has matured dramatically and we are starting to find use cases for the aircraft that we didn’t originally anticipate.”

Key to this, according to Ichikowitz, has been the Mwari’s modular mission system that allows it to have a changeable mission profile through the swapping out of mission systems in short periods of time.

Similar aircraft that are currently filling the light strike and surveillance roles are adapted from commercial and trainer aircraft, and therefore need to go through engineering work to change mission profile.

“It’s significant to note that Mwari came out of a customer requirement, rather than an engineering-driven process,” said Ichikowitz. “Most of our customers could not afford different aeroplanes for different applications.”

Some of the applications that have emerged include special forces missions that require the rapid finding, fixing, and finishing of targets, as well as pipeline patrol and anti-poaching.

Sensor loads can also be significantly varied, with the aircraft able to support sensor systems such as the L3 Technologies MX-25. Other systems that have been reported, including the Thales Avni infrared linescan unit and Hensoldt Argos II electro-optical nose turret, have also been integrated into the Mwari.

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