Africa builds its own military aircraft Mwari

Jet fighters are a symbol of national prestige not only for Africa, but also for any other country. Most African states own Russian Su-30s or Su-25s, but practically do not fly them. Simply because they cannot afford it. And there is no point in using fighters worth tens of millions of dollars to inspect the borders of the state.

That could change with the debut of the Mwari, a lightweight single-engine turboprop combat aircraft developed by the South African company Paramount.

Based on the lightweight reconnaissance attack aircraft AHRLAC, the more militarized Mwari is intended for use in security missions, but can also be used for civilian purposes.

The creators of Mwari drew inspiration from helicopters and even ground vehicles. This is evidenced by the tandem cockpit, which provides excellent visibility. The Pratt & Whitney 950-horsepower turboprop engine is located behind the cockpit. This not only provides a good view for the pilots, but also makes the engine less vulnerable.

Mwari is made primarily of aluminum. The material was chosen due to its low cost and good maintainability. When designing the subsystems, the developers tried to use as few parts as possible in order to maintain high reliability.

The aircraft manufacturer aims to make Mwari the cheapest offering in the niche. According to the first estimates, the cost of the car will be about $ 10 million in the initial modification. Production start-up is scheduled for the end of 2017.