Meet the Bronco II prototype
Photo: Robert Bigando, Hamilton & Sons
Aircraft specs: Bronco II is built to meet the need for versatility in the next generation of special operations aircraft. It is designed with a clean sheet approach for special ops missions, making it more effective in many cases than a reconfigured or repurposed aircraft, according to Leidos Vice President and Division Manager Micah Stauffer.
- Bronco II has six underwing stations, numerous mounting points and an interchangeable module in its belly, which means it can easily equip for a wide range of missions that typically require separate planes.
- Its small footprint is designed for long-haul transport, which means it fits in a 40-foot shipping container on a C-130 Hercules. Two of them fit in a C-17 Globemaster. It can be reassembled and ready to fly in less than 12 hours.
- It’s easy to land and safe to taxi in tight spaces, and has an incredible field of view for its air crew and sensors, according to Johnny Alvarez, a Leidos expert and former special ops pilot.
From the source: “The Bronco II is a 21st century digitally engineered aircraft, purpose-built for the future of special operations combat support,” Alvarez said. “Its modern digital design also makes it suitable for many other missions.”
If approved and selected for military use, Leidos would expect to manufacture a Bronco II fleet in Crestview, Florida over the next several years. Bronco II is a technical collaboration between Leidos and subcontractors Paramount Group USA and Vertex Aerospace.
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