Since announcing the Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) over five years ago, the Paramount Group has remained confident that the aircraft will fill a valuable niche in the reconnaissance and light attack aircraft market. With a newly completed state-of-the-art production facility at Wonderboom and now significant backing from Boeing, there is tangible support to that initial confidence.
Boeing, through its subsidiary Aviall, has announced it will be taking a leadership role in supply chain management for the production of the AHRLAC. Aviall is also joining the recently launched Bronco Combat Systems to bring the Bronco II version of the AHRLAC, also known as the Mwari, to the US market.
Aviall is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing, providing aftermarket supply-chain management services for the aerospace and defence industries. Aviall will support supply chain procurement and management for AHRLAC production, including AHRLAC’s militarised variants – Mwari (international) and Bronco II (US) – and will be responsible for securing and scaling the US production and sustainment supply chain to meet US acquisition requirements.
In addition to Aviall’s role, Boeing Global Services will provide software-based solutions that enable centralised command and control of flight operations and produce total lifecycle support that reduces sustainment costs.
“This industry partnership provides not only a specialised aircraft that meets the US customer’s unique mission needs, but does so at a fraction of the procurement and lifecycle cost of aircraft with similar mission applications and capabilities,” said Eric Strafel, Aviall president and CEO.
The Mwari/Bronco II is a two-crew, precision-strike and C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft. It is capable of carrying a wide range of weapons, sensors and systems simultaneously in extended airborne mission operations, and its open system architecture enables rapid incorporation and employment of current and emerging systems. The aircraft’s Interchangeable Multi-Mission Pod System allows a single airframe to be reconfigured easily to perform multiple roles.
“The strengthening of our relationship with Boeing Global Services is a key milestone in the introduction of Bronco II into the US market,” said Ivor Ichikowitz, Paramount Group chairman. “Aviall will help the programme scale rapidly in production, as well as help reduce operating costs to the lowest levels ever experienced in an aircraft of this type. Our collaboration with Boeing leverages the strong and diverse design and mission capabilities of both companies to produce and sustain an aircraft for the US and other NATO markets.”