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|Air Tractor AT-802 by Kenyans247(1): Wed Dec 2019 09:23am|
The Air Tractor AT-802 is an agricultural aircraft that may also be adapted into fire-fighting or armed versions. It first flew in the United States in October 1990 and is manufactured by Air Tractor Inc. The AT-802 carries a chemical hopper between the engine firewall and the cockpit. In the U.S., it is considered a Type III SEAT, or Single Engine Air Tanker
In its standard configuration, the aircraft utilizes conventional landing gear (two main wheels and a tail wheel). However, a number of aircraft have been converted to the Fire Boss aerial firefighting configuration, which utilizes Wipaire 10000 amphibious floats, so that it can land on a traditional runway or on water. The Fire Boss can scoop water from a lake or river for use on a fire. In addition to the 820 US gallons (3,100 L) standard fuselage-mounted retardant tank, the Fire Boss can have optional 35 US gallons (130 L) foam tanks in the floats. Operations with floats installed have been shown to produce a shorter and narrower retardant drop pattern than wheeled AT-802s.
AT-802U prototype at Paris Air Show
In response to the United States Air Force's LAAR program and the growing requirement for light counter-insurgency aircraft, Air Tractor developed an armed model, the AT-802U, in 2008, with engine and cockpit armor, a bulletproof windscreen, self-sealing fuel tanks, and structural reinforcements for the carriage of 9,000 pounds (4,100 kg) of payload. A reinforced wing spar was certified for 12,000 hours of flight time, and the AT-802U was displayed in 2009 at the Paris Air Show.
The AT-802 has also been used in counter-drug operations in the USSOUTHCOM AOR by the U.S. Department of State as a delivery vehicle for herbicides and defoliants over narcotics production facilities.
Ten AT-802i were converted by IOMAX USA into an armed configuration with Roketsan Cirit 2.75" rockets and guided bombs  for the UAE Air Force. The UAE operated them until November 2015 when they were replaced by the first three of 24 Archangels on order from Iomax. The Archangel is based on a similar cropduster airframe, that of the Thrush Model 660, however to create the Archangel the basic Model 660 undergoes a much more extensive rebuild in the course of its militarization. Six of the UAE AT-802i were transferred to the Jordanian Air Force. with a further three being transferred to the Yemeni Government Forces where they have been used in the 2015 Yemeni Civil War. Reports place Emirati aircraft in Libya flown by contract pilots.
In January 2017, the US State Department approved a deal for twelve AT-802 aircraft for the Kenya Defence Forces, although as of June 2017 a contract for the proposed sale had not been signed.
The AT-802L Longsword at Paris Air Show 2017
AT-802 - two seat (tandem) cockpit
AT-802A - single-seat cockpit
AT-802U - two seat (tandem) armored military version, modified with sensors and reinforced for weapons carriage
AT-802F or AT-802AF - An aerial firefighting model 802 equipped with the Air Tractor Computerized Firegate designed/developed/serviced by Trotter Controls Inc.
A Fire Boss on floats dropping its load
Fire Boss - AT-802F equipped with Wipaire amphibious floats for operations from land or water
AT-802L Longsword - An ISR and light-attack aircraft based on AT-802U, which developed by L3 Platform Integration collaboration with Air Tractor. L3 rebranded it as OA-8 Longsword for Asia-Pacific region.
The aircraft is popular with aerial application operators.
Military and government
Montenegrin police AT-802A Fire Boss
Israeli AT-802F in a firefighting drill
Córdoba Province - Fire-fighting
Military Firefighters of Distrito Federal
Military Firefighters of Mato Grosso
Military of Burkina Faso 1 AT-802
Forest Protection Limited (FPL)
Government of Northwest Territories
National Forestry Corporation - 3 AT-802F 
National Police of Colombia - 9 AT-802 
National System of Disaster and Risk Management - 2 AT-802 
Croatian Air Force - 5 AT-802A Fire Boss + 1 AT-802F as of November 2014
Egyptian Air Force - 12 AT-802U (acquired from the UAE in 2016, first spotted in service in January 2018)
Military of Gambia
Israeli Air Force - 14 AT-802F, purchased second-hand from Spain (of which 2 formerly were Fire Boss, but exchanged for standard configuration aircraft) 1 crashed due to mechanical malfunction.
Protezione Civile - 10 AT-802A Fire Boss
Royal Jordanian Air Force - 6 IOMAX AT-802i Block 1 being upgraded to armed Block 2 standard, of which 1 upgraded aircraft delivered as of January 2018 and 4 AT-802s supplied by L-3 Corporation and originally intended for Yemen.
Police of Montenegro - 1 AT-802 + 3 AT-802A
Protection and Rescue Directorate of Macedonia - 3 AT-802A Fire Boss
Portuguese Interior Ministry
Ministry of Environment (CEGISA) - 3 AT-802A
Avialsa T35 - 15 AT-802 + 14 AT-802F 
Yemeni Air Force
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources contractor out 2 AT-802F from Aero Spray of Appleton, Minnesota
Kenya Defence Forces — Received US authorization to purchase 12 AT-802Ls in 2017, however missed two deadlines to enter into agreement as of February 2018.
United Arab Emirates Air Force - 24 IOMAX AT-802i BPA
Three Croatian AT-802F Fire Bosses
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004
Capacity: 820 US Gal (3,104 L) of chemicals
Length: 35 ft 11 in (10.95 m)
Wingspan: 59 ft 3 in (18.06 m)
Height: 12 ft 9 in (3.89 m)
Wing area: 401.0 ft2 (37.25 m2)
Aspect ratio: 8.8:1
Empty weight: 6,505 lb (2,951 kg)
Gross weight: 16,000 lb (7,257 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67AG turboprop, 1,350 hp (1,007 kW)
Cruise speed: 221 mph (356 km/h)
Range: 800 miles (1,289 km)
Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
Rate of climb: 850 ft/min (4.3 m/s)
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