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Extensive market analyses show a global requirement of more than 2,500 fourth-generation advanced trainers and light combat aircraft.
EADS Military Aircraft is responding to these demands with a family of single- and twin-seater supersonic, high-performance aircraft known as Mako.
From Air Force Technology
The definition phase of the aircraft development program will complete in 2005 and the first flight is scheduled for 2009. A world market for the Mako light combat aircraft is estimated at up to 3000 aircraft over a twenty-year period.
From 'Flug Revue'
Weapons (Bewaffnung): As a light combat aircraft, Mako could have an internally-mounted 27 mm gun. It features seven external stations (wingtips, fuselage, two under each wing) for a wide variety of weapons, like:
4 x AIM-9, IRIS-T or ASRAAM
4 x AMRAAM, FMRAAM or Mica
12 x Mk.82 bombs
8 x Mk.83 bombs
4 x GBU 16
3 x GBU 24
5 x AGM-65 Maverick
2 x anti-ship missile
4 x rocket pods
1 x recce pod
2 x standoff missiles (Taurus class)
3 x 1250 litre external tanks
2 x 1500 litre external tanks