Bronco Combat Systems (BCS) USA has announced the launch of its new aircraft, the Bronco II, a two-crew C4ISR and precision strike aircraft.

Capable of carrying a wide range of weapons, sensors and systems in extended airborne mission operations, Bronco II will target the US military’s light aircraft market.

Based on the Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC), the Bronco II has an open system design which allows emerging technologies to be incorporated later.

Its Interchangeable Multi-Mission System Bay (IMSB) allows a single airframe to be reconfigured for multiple roles. These include high-performance targeting sensors, network communication systems, precision weapons, an electronic self-protection suite, and mission planning systems.

According to BCS, it will do all of this at a fraction of the cost compared with aircraft with similar mission applications and capabilities.

The aircraft is completely digitally designed, making it possible to produce entirely in the US. Work has already started on a manufacturing base in the US that can build the airframe and mission systems integration.

Newly-formed BCS is in a funding partnership with Paramount Group USA, Fulcrum Concepts LLC, and the Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC), who designed the AHRLAC platform.

“This is not simply an armed variant of a civilian crop-duster or a modified training aircraft,” said Paramount Group International Chairman Ivor Ichikowitz.

“Every inch of this aircraft is designed for purpose—specifically for the kind of asymmetrical warfare that sophisticated military forces are now being asked to conduct.

“These missions demand rapidly deployable, hybrid ISR and close air support capabilities for which no other platform has been specifically designed.”

He added that discussions are underway with ‘highly respected and experienced US suppliers’ for the Bronco II.

Dr Paul Potgieter, CEO of ADC, said: “This aircraft is a completely clean-sheet, next-generation design, using the latest CATIA and digital design systems specifically for digital production.

“Even the factory in which this aircraft is currently being produced embraces the innovative principles of the Fourth Industrial Revolution by emphasising the use of rapid digital prototyping, laser additive and 3D printing, and a jig-less manufacturing approach.”