Could this aircraft be a definitive joint Argentina-Brazil development?

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As published by AINOnline, within the LABACE Convention which is taking place in the Congonhas Airport in Brazil, Desaer, a recent company with aeronautical engineers, formerly employed by Embraer and former military presented the ATL-100 light commuter concept.

“Created by former Embraer employees in 2017, Desaer resides at Incubaero, an incubator for start-ups and new aerospace projects at the Fundação Casimiro Montenegro Filho, one of the technology development institutes within the DCTA facility at São José dos Campos. Parented by the Brazilian air force, the DCTA (Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia Aeroespacial, department of aerospace science and technology) is Brazil’s national military research center for aerospace projects and activities.”

As for the ALT-100, a brief was presented that quotes: “To be powered by two turboprops in the 1,000-shp class, the ATL-100 is an unpressurized transport of high-wing, T-tailed configuration with low cost of acquisition and operation as key design drivers. It has a square-section cabin that can be arranged to accommodate 19-passenger seating in a single row on the left and double row on the right, 12 paratroops, and two jumpmasters on sidewall tip-up seats, stretchers for the aeromedical evacuation/air ambulance role, or three LD3 containers. The latter cannot be accommodated within current utility types such as the Bandeirante, Viking Twin Otter, Dornier Do 228, or LET 410. The ATL-100 has a rear loading ramp that also facilitates rapid reconfiguration. The capacious cabin would also make the ATL-100 a candidate for modification for other special missions.

Desaer is aiming for ANAC certification under the Part 23.3(d) Commuter category with a maximum takeoff weight of up to 8,620 kg (19,000 pounds). The aircraft has a wingspan of around 20 meters (66 feet). Maximum cruising speed is expected to be 232 knots, with a long-range cruise speed of around 205 knots. Typical range is quoted as more than 864 nm. The aircraft can operate from unpaved airstrips”

One can only remember what the Bandeirante and Brasilia represented for the development of EMBRAER, such a proven and successful aircraft. Still, it is no small detail that this has been eyed by the DCTA and the Brazilian Air Force and for that purpose it could be as well for the Argentine AF. Although still in the development phase, the argentine armed forces are in need of replacement of aircraft that have been already written off or are reaching the end of their service.

The Air Force and Army’s Twin Otter although overhauled and upgraded to a near -400 standard are turning 50 years old. The Navy operated a number of Pilatus PC-6 Porter and Turbo Porter which have never been replaced, with one currently in service. Although with interest in incorporating U.S. surplus Beechcraft Super King Air 200, the AF never replaced its locally developed and built IA-60 Guarani and their A-500 Aero Commander.

This ATL-100 could serve as a regional commuter, a light transport aircraft (as benefit of its rear loading ramp) and also in ever expanding ISR roles and special missions. The former FMA and the Instituto Universitario Aeronatico (IUA) of the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, had also several similar projects as this ATL-100 which never left the drawing board due to budget restraints.

Argentina and Brazil have come to make a number of joint developments, including the Gaucho light jeep and the parts provisions by the Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) of major components of the EMBRAER KC-390 tactical tanker and transport and the cancelled IA-73 piston or turboprop trainer. But the most critical one was the development of the binational CBA-123 Vector FAR 25 turboprop (in push engine configuration) regional commuter. Although costs overruns, the high acquisition and maintenance costs related a poor financial situation both in Argentina and Brazil, sealed the fate of this aircraft. Although, not many push engine aircraft have turned to be commercially successful despite their high performance.

Upon the new regional interest and the need to develop their own aerospace capabilities, this might prove an actually achievable task based on the needs and capabilities of both nations. Not just that but also a new opportunity to let the failed projects behind and continue and develop a fruitful relationship as for example is happening in the nuclear area.

Just an idea, time will tell if this is going to take place even in Brazil, for both or for none.

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