The Calidus B-250 light attack aircraft, a homegrown product of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is on display as the company looks to attract interest from regional and international customers.
Calidus is a Technology Development and Manufacturing Company, based in Abu Dhabi that was founded in 2015. Calidus received orders from the UAE in 2019 for 24 B-250s worth US$260 million.
The B-250 was first unveiled at the 2017 Dubai Airshow and it touted by its makers as ideal for Close Air Support (CAS), Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Counter-Insurgency (COIN), Persistent Air Support (PAS) and advanced and basic training.
The Calidus B-250 will have an operating cost of less than US$1,200 per flight hour according to the company.
It can attain a cruising speed of 350 KTAS, has a maximum range of 2,400 nautical miles and a maximum endurance of 12 hours.
Pratt and Whitney’s PT6A-68 turboprop has been chosen to power the light attack aircraft and is coupled to a single four-bladed propeller.
The aircraft is a superior and highly efficient light attack aircraft that is designed especially for asymmetric warfare zones and it easily adapts to the most difficult terrain and weather conditions.
It incorporates a superior carbon fibre structure that can brave the roughest terrain and flaunts ground-breaking technology to deliver best-in-class versatility and transportability at the low operational costs.
Calidus has an in-house team of engineers and designers in Abu Dhabi and has also built a global network of suppliers as part of the B-250 effort, including Collins Aerospace of the US, Martin-Baker of the UK, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Halcon Systems of Abu Dhabi.
Click Here to read the latest news from IDEX and NAVDEX 2021
With more than 25 years of experience in defence publishing, Global Business Press and its industry leading titles Asian Defence Technology, Asian Airlines & Aerospace and Daily News are the leading defence publications in the region, present at more international shows and exhibitions than any other competing publication in the region.