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Boeing Partners With South African Firm to Build New Spy Plane

© AFP 2021 / MUJAHID SAFODIENPilots of the AHRLAC (Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft), designed by Paramount Group, Africa's largest privately-owned defence and aerospace company, look on within the first public flight of Africa's first wholly designed and built military fixed wing aircraft, at the Wonderboom airport in Pretoria on August 13, 2014
Pilots of the AHRLAC (Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft), designed by Paramount Group, Africa's largest privately-owned defence and aerospace company, look on within the first public flight of Africa's first wholly designed and built military fixed wing aircraft, at the Wonderboom airport in Pretoria on August 13, 2014 - Sputnik International
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US aerospace giant Boeing said that a deal has been concluded with a major South African company to build a new light intelligence and surveillance aircraft that will also serve as a platform for weapon systems.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) A deal has been concluded with a major South African company to build a new light intelligence and surveillance aircraft that will also serve as a platform for weapon systems, the US aerospace giant Boeing said on Tuesday in a news release.

"Boeing and the Paramount Group… have expanded their 2014 agreement to cooperate on an advanced mission system for a variant of the Advanced, High Performance, Reconnaissance, Light Aircraft (AHRLAC)," the release stated.

A high-wing two-seat aircraft, AHRLAC is designed to incorporate advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and weapons systems, the release explained.

"Our relationship with Paramount will help us access markets that are new to Boeing," Boeing Military Aircraft Vice President for Business Development Jeffrey Johnson said in the release.

Boeing will develop an integrated mission system for the aircraft enabling intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as well as light strike missions for the AHRLAC safety and security, and military variants.

The militarized version will be known as "MWARI," the release added.

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