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AHRLAC development to continue

10th March 2016 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing will collaborate with South Africa-based Paramount Group on an advanced mission system for a variant of the Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC), it announced on 8 March.

This collaboration expands their 2014 agreement to jointly develop defence and security opportunities in key international markets.

AHRLAC, which is a two-seater aircraft, is designed to incorporate advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and weapons systems.

Under this agreement, Boeing will develop an integrated mission system for the aircraft enabling ISR and light strike missions for the military variant of the aircraft, called Mwari. 

The AHRLAC military variant has 25 hard points and is designed to carry various military equipment internally or externally. It is suitable for missions such as border patrol, counter-insurgency, forward air control, armed reconnaissance and electronic and communication intelligence.

Jeffrey Johnson, vice president, business development, Boeing Military Aircraft, said: ‘Through AHRLAC, we'll not only bring a flexible, persistent and affordable aircraft to the international market, but we'll also be developing world-class technology in Africa. Our relationship with Paramount will help us access markets that are new to Boeing.’

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