Military Aviation

Icarus Aerospace to use OV-10 Bronco look-alike TAV aircraft for submarine detection and tracking capability

By offering CAE’s MAD-XR on TAV / WASP-M in a towed configuration Icarus Aerospace will remove all sources of aircraft interference and provide a superior magnetic anomaly detection solution.

Icarus Aerospace recently announced a new collaboration with CAE Defence & Security to provide a cost-effective submarine detection and tracking capability. By offering CAE’s MAD-XR on TAV / WASP-M in a towed configuration Icarus Aerospace will remove all sources of aircraft interference and provide a superior magnetic anomaly detection solution, the company said in a news release.

WASP-M ensures that crew can operate the aircraft in the most demanding scenarios with minimal workload and for prolonged periods of time without excessive fatigue. Thanks to this solution Icarus Aerospace brings technology and capability which greatly enhances safety, mission efficiency and ensures success while enabling reduction of crew members on board the aircraft.

As already reported, the company introduced TAV, a clean-sheet aircraft that closely resembles the iconic OV-10 Bronco COIN aircraft, last August. TAV is a force-multiplier solution for the world’s security and armed forces. The highly customizable, twin-turboprop TAV -Tactical Air Vehicle – is multirole capable aircraft, with a rugged, versatile, and technologically advanced design.

In its baseline configuration, TAV will deploy with two crew in a tandem cockpit that features latest avionics configuration with sensor fusion and network centric capabilities. With a planned payload of 8,000 pounds, TAV will have an unrefueled endurance of 6 ½ hours at its jet-like high-speed cruise.

Designed from the outset to be optionally-piloted, TAV can utilize its innovative software, avionics and systems to meet a wide variety of mission requirements, including battlefield management, communication relay, aerial refueling, re-arm & re-supply and medivac – with crew, remotely piloted or as a fully autonomous system.

TAV is the first in a family of specialized aircraft, including WASP, a mission-oriented version, focused on Close-Air Support (CAS), Maritime & Coastal Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare, and surveillance, and BRANTA, a long endurance, high-altitude optionally-piloted/unmanned combat air vehicle (OPV/UCAV).

Photo credit: Icarus Aerospace

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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