Air Platforms

USSOCOM to field ‘highly modified’ Dash-8 support aircraft

28 February 2020

Seen here in its Radiant Falcon configuration for the US Army, the DHC-8 is becoming increasingly popular as a special mission platform. Source: Dynamic Aviation

The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is to field a "highly modified" De Havilland Canada (DHC) Dash-8 aircraft for special mission support operations.

The command disclosed on 27 February that it is to award a sole-source contract to Virginia-based Leidos Inc. for the procurement of a single Dash 8, noting, "Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements."

No details pertaining to the aircraft's mission or configuration were revealed and the USSOCOM did not disclose a delivery date.

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