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  • Diamond DART 450 Two-Seat Military Basic Trainer Aircraft


    Powered by a Ukrainian turboprop, the Austrian-originated Diamond Dart 450 intends to make a splash in the military basic trainer market before the end of the decade.

     Updated: 6/14/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com


    Before airmen can graduate to flying jet-powered aircraft types, they must complete time in basic trainers. As such, there remains a lucrative market for such aircraft and many concerns are always vying for the top spot in various air services (as well as flight schools and private buyers) around the world. For Austrian-based Diamond Aircraft, years of design and development work have yielded a viable entry into the field in the DART 450 (DART = "Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer").

    The DART 450 is of conventional arrangement as military basic trainers go. The engine is seated at front with the cockpit over midships and a single-vertical tail fin in play. The wing mainplanes are set slightly ahead of midships and are of straight configuration with clipped tips. The crew is seated in tandem under a lightly-framed canopy allowing for excellent vision around the aircraft. Both positions are provided an ejection seat. The engine, of Ukrainian origin, drives a five- bladed propeller unit at the nose. The undercarriage wheeled and wholly retractable. Construction of the aircraft is largely composite.


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    Diamond DART 450 Technical Specifications


    Service Year: 2018
    Type: Two-Seat Military Basic Trainer Aircraft
    National Origin: Austria
    Manufacturer(s): Diamond Aircraft - Austria
    Production Total: 1



    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)


    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 35.27 feet (10.75 meters)
    Width: 38.55 feet (11.75 meters)
    Height: 11.09 feet (3.38 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 2,932 lb (1,330 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 5,071 lb (2,300 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance


    Engine(s): 1 x Ivchenko-Progress Motor Sich AI-450S turboprop engine developing 495 horsepower and driving a five-bladed propeller at the nose.

    Maximum Speed: 289 mph (465 kph; 251 knots)
    Service Ceiling: 22,999 feet (7,010 meters; 4.36 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 3,000 feet-per-minute (914 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    None.

    Global Operators / Customers


    Austria (possible); Ukraine (possible)

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)


    Dart 450 - Base Series Designation