Beechcraft Defense Company, LLC, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced its Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine light attack and reconnaissance aircraft successfully participated in its first North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exercise. The Wolverine recently completed Exercise Ample Strike, a multinational air-land-integration exercise hosted in the Czech Republic to train NATO Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) with live-flying exercises.
As part of Ample Strike, the Wolverine participated in seven operational missions that included 35 successful engagements of live adversary forces, complete with live firing, artillery, helicopter forward arming and refueling points, smoke and kinetic blanks.
“This was an important mission for the Beechcraft Wolverine: it was the first participation in a major day/night operational exercise, as well as the first overseas operational demonstration,” said Russ Bartlett, president, Beechcraft Defense Company. “The Wolverine was a crowd-pleaser both in the NATO exercise and the demonstration flights we conducted while in the region. This was a great opportunity to highlight the aircraft’s purpose-built capability, affordability, sustainability and interoperability for the most demanding of scenarios.”
The Beechcraft Wolverine is a multi-role, multi-mission aircraft system designed to meet the spectrum of needs for the light attack mission. Leveraging a range of highly-specialized, but off-the-shelf capabilities, the Wolverine is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment such as Pratt and Whitney PT6A-68D engine, CMC Esterline’s mission modified Cockpit 4000, Lockheed Martin’s A-10C-based mission system and L-3 WESCAM’s MX-15Di sensor suite.