A South African company has on Tuesday unveiled what it calls the first African military plane.
The plane, called Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft, AHRLAC, was designed and made in Africa.
Ivor Ichikowitz, the chairman of the Paramount Group, while showing the plane to reporters, said the lightweight aircraft can be used for peacekeeping missions and reconnaissance and is armed to defend itself.
Ichikowitz says it’s the first of such aircraft to be designed and built entirely by African companies and is ideal for surveillance and patrol applications.
He says he’s received an order from a country he would not name for 50 of the planes, each costing about $10 million.
Paramount Group is one of Africa’s largest military hardware producers and has markets in West Africa and the Middle East. The company produced the plane along with technical partner Aerosud, a South African aeronautical engineering company.