BAC Strikemaster Bomber Plane
The BAC 167 Strikemaster was a successful project to turn the Jet Provost trainer into a light attack aircraft. The Strikemaster airframe was based on a strengthened Jet Provost T.Mk 5 with the addition of a more powerful engine, updated avionics and weapon mounting hard-points. BAC (British Aircraft Corporation) built a 146 Strikemaster aircraft between 1967 and 1984, they served with the air-forces of Saudi Arabia, South Yemen, Singapore, Sudan, Ecuador, Kenya, Kuwait, Botswana and New Zealand.
The picture above depicts G-UVNR, a privately owned 1971 BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk87 (cn EEP/JP/2876)) which originally served with the Botswana Defence Force as OJ-10 and then the Kenyan Air Force as 605. The vast majority of remaining airworthy BAC Strikemasters have been demilitarised and are now privately owned, they change ownership with an approximate value of $110,000, (£70,000) when in good airworthy condition.
BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk87 Armament:
- Twin 7.62 mm machine guns
Up to 3,000 lb of munitions can be carried on eight under-wing hard-points which may include any combination of the following:BombsMachine gun podsAir-to-ground rocket podsNapalm tanks
1986 Strikemaster G-SOAF ex-Royal Air Force of Oman
|BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk87 Specifications: |
- Crew: Pilot and co-pilot
- Length: 33 ft 8 in (10.27 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 11 in (11.25 m)
- Height: 10 ft 2 in (3.10 m)
- Empty weight: 5,995 lb (2,772 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 11,500 lb (5,220 kg)
- Engine: Single 3,410 lbf (15.2 kN) Rolls-Royce Viper Mk.535 turbojet
- Maximum speed: 450 knots (520 mph, 834 km/h)
- Range: 780 nm (900 mi, 1450 km)
- Service ceiling 40,000 ft (12,200 m)
1976 Strikemaster G-VPER
ex Royal Saudi Airforce
Ecuador Air Force
It is believed that the Ecuador Air Force still operates up to six Strikemaster Mk 89's in their full military configuration in Combat Squadron 2313.
Ten Strikemaster Mk 90's were purchased by Sudan in the early 1980's but their current operational status with the Sudanese Air Force is unknown.
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