British Britten-Norman ''Defender'' Cargo Plane

  • Military Aircraft Of The World
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Deployed with The British Military since 1970, The Britten-Norman ''Defender'' is a Military and Civilian Cargo and Utility Airplane. The Military applications include Reconnaissance, Medical Evacuation, Air Command and Control Platform and Light Attack Craft. It's robustness and ease of maintenance has contributed to it's long use service – not only with Great Britain, but several other Allied Nations. (4) Variants exist today. Crewed by (2), The ''Defender'' is 40-feet long with a wingspan of 53-feet. It can support up to (16) Fully Loaded Combat Troops (for transport or Paratrooper deployment) or up to 8,500-lbs. of Cargo. Power is provided by (2) Rolls-Royce B17F Turboprops, each capable of 350-HP. Airspeed is rated at 200-mph. Operational Mission Range is over 1,800-miles. The operational ceiling is 25,000-feet. When deployed as an Attack Craft (Close Ground Support), Rotary Guns (20mm Gatling) can be installed – giving The ''Defender'' an eerie similarity to The US Military's Vietnam Era ''Spooky'' C-130 Gunship.