The A-II Avenger, by Hamilton AeroSpace, is an all composite, twin engine, cranked arrow wing-canard, tactical aircraft. The primary mission is close air support and anti-helicopter role. The secondary mission role is forward air control, tactical scout- reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and battle field air interdiction.
One of the major design goals of the A-II, was the development of an aircraft having a high thrust to weight ratio. The all composite airframe allows this strong, lightweight platform, and the twin PW 545 engines provides the high thrust. A high acceleration rate and a high climb rate are thus provided. High thrust to weight also means shorter takeoffs, shorter unimproved dirt strips, a shorter distance to the front lines, and a shorter distance to the fight.
Additional weapon systems can be provided, since they can be placed onto the airframe hardpoints to deliver air-to-air, air-to-surface as well as close air- support. Rapid change- out, high-level E.C.M. pods can also be installed.
If an airframe is easily damaged, or if damage to the single engine, of a single engine fighter, does not allow that aircraft to return to the field, then things get very expensive. If a crippled aircraft is capable of returning for repairs, but infield repairs are impossible due to the complex design of the airframe, the aircraft is out of the fight, which is again very costly.
The A-II can be produced and armed with a significant cost advantage (4 to 1 ratio) compared to the Harrier. In addition, the drastic reduction in cost per flight hour and the low number of maintenance hour per flight hours, make the A-II the lowest cost aircraft in its class.
The A-II Avenger represents the most advanced technology of any airplane in existence in the inventory of world aircraft design. Its ability to be mass produced, its reliability, and its low cost maintenance, makes it the only choice for cost/performance procurements.
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