A-90 RAIDER

The A-90 Raider is an optimally designed aircraft used for Close Air Support (CAS) training, exclusively by Blue Air Training. The A-90 Raider is extremely effective as a JTAC training platform due its incredibly long endurance, upgraded communications, and the  ability to carry weapons systems for realistic training.

FROM REDIGO TO RAIDER

Originally known as the L-90, the aircraft was designed and manufactured by Valmet in the 1980s, making its first flight in 1986. The Redigo was developed as a military trainer aircraft primarily used for pilot training and airframes were produced for the Finnish Air Force, the Mexican Navy, and the Eritrean Air Force. Italian aircraft manufacturer Aermacchi later bought the license to produce the Redigo, rebranding it as the M-290. While it has always carried the hardpoints for weapons, it has not been used for that role.

Until now.

In 2017, Blue Air Training procured the remaining equipment, parts, and spares from Valmet. After importing the aircraft and upgrading them to meet the requirements of Blue Air Training’s current and future contracts with the United States Air Force, the new U.S. version was rereleased as the A-90 Raider. Blue Air Training currently has eight Raiders in their fleet.

CAPABILITIES AND PERFORMANCE

General characteristics

Crew: 2 pilots

Capacity: 2 troops

Dimensions: 28 ft long x 35 ft wingspan x 11 ft tall

Max Gross Weight: 4,188 lbs with external stores

Powerplant: Rolls-Royce M250 B-17F turboprop engine

The fuselage is made from an all-metal, fail-safe,
semi-monocoque structure

Upgraded advanced avionics and glass cockpit to include ADS-B and satellite weather

Digital Oxygen system thereby enabling aircraft operation to 25,000 feet

Night and Loft delivery capable

 

Performance

Cruise speed: 190 KTAS

Maximum Speed (VDO ): 280 KIAS

Climb: 2,697 feet per minute

Range: 860 NM (2 x weapons stores / 2 x fuel tanks at 20,000 feet)

Endurance: 4.5+ hours

Service ceiling: FL250

Armament

6 x Hardpoints, capable of carrying:

Bombs: MALT-4 Smart Weapons Rack. 4 x BDU-33 or 2 x Laser Guided training Rounds (LGTR)

Gun: 500 rounds of 7.62mm per M-240 gun pod

Rockets: 7 x 2.75” Rockets per LAU-131 rocket pod

Extended range external fuel tanks

Communications

Cursor On Target communications NAV suite allows the crew to execute digitally aided close air support (DACAS) at night.

Two Encrypted Multiband UHF/FM/ VHF radios provide pilots with seamless communications with the airmen on the ground.

The ability to utilize tactical datalink through the Harris ANW2 Mesh Network.

Link 16 expected Fall 2019

SETTING A NEW TRAINING STANDARD

With our new fleet of Raiders, Blue Air Training will lead the way in providing the best and most cost-efficient training experience for our clients personnel to perform the difficult but essential mission of calling in close air support on current and future battlefields.