Don't Need an F-22 or F-35? Buy This South African War Machine

Dave Majumdar

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Don't Need an F-22 or F-35? Buy This South African War Machine

The aircraft can accommodate forward looking infrared cameras, synthetic aperture radar and various electronic warfare and intelligence gathering sensors as needed—which are, of course, optional extras.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker dominate the headlines when it comes to the combat aircraft market, but there are many places in the world where such extravagant machines are just not needed. In certain parts of the world, even relatively cheap dedicated ground attack aircraft like a U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog or even the Russian-built Su-25 Frogfoot are overkill. One such market is Africa—and a South African defense conglomerate called the Paramount Group hopes to take advantage of that market gap with their indigenously developed Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC).

(This first appeared several years ago.)

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