Sky Warden ISR Strike Aircraft Announced

L3Harris Technologies and Air Tractor have teamed to create the AT-802U Sky Warden, a resilient aircraft designed to enable identification, tracking and reaction to counter threats in extreme combat environments By DA Staff / 13 May 2021
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L3Harris Technologies and Air Tractor have teamed to produce the AT-802U Sky Warden, an affordable, production-ready aircraft designed for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other missions in extreme combat environments.

Able to takeoff and land on unimproved airstrips, the aircraft can be deployed and co-located with special mission operators.

Based on the rugged and capable Air Tractor AT-802, which features the largest payload capacity of any single engine turboprop aircraft, Sky Warden hosts L3Harris’ world-class family of communications, sensors and airborne ISR solutions. Sky Warden is one deployable and resilient package that enables the operator to successfully identify, track and react to counter threats.

“Air Tractor aircraft were developed precisely to operate in austere environments with limited infrastructure,” said Jim Hirsch, President, Air Tractor, Inc. “Our aircraft are built to offer unparalleled flexibility, essential ingredients for special mission operators.”

“Our mission systems, platforms, direct operators and sustainment teams have supported more than 1.3 million combat hours of special operations ISR and attack missions in the past 10 years,” said Luke Savoie, President, Aviation Services, L3Harris. “Combining that experience with Air Tractor, one of the largest turboprop aircraft OEMs in the world, enables our team to design and provide a mature platform capable of operating anywhere in the world and provides the tools needed to support any mission.”

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