Orbital Alliant Techsystems Inc (formerly Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC) of Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $26 million US Air Force Foreign Military Sales contract on May 28 to provide an armed, ISR-configured Cessna 208B Grand Caravan for the Lebanese Air Force. The aircraft will be a commercial-off-the-shelf model with a Garmin 1000 baseline glass cockpit, avionics package and Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 turboprop engine.
Additional equipment will include a Wescam MX-15D electro-optical/infra-red imaging system, hard points on each wing for launching AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, an AN/ALE-47 countermeasures dispenser system and a Terma aircraft survivability equipment suite missile warning system. Also included are a broadcast microwave system data link system and surveillance tracking and recording system mission processor unit obsolescence re-design. Contract completion is anticipated by May 30, 2016. The aircraft will join three other Cessna 208Bs already in Lebanese service, although it is unconfirmed whether all are configured for Hellfires. Alan Warnes