The Machete is Stavatti’s family of next generation Close Air Support, Attack, Counter Insurgency, Lead-In Fighter, Air Defense Fighter and Advanced Pilot Trainer aircraft. A series of aircraft designed to satisfy a breadth of military aviation requirements with a modular airframe, the Machete family includes the SM-27 Turboprop Machete, the SM-28 Turbofan Machete and the SM-47 Super Machete. The Machete series is now under development to satisfy tomorrow’s military trainer, attack and air defense needs.
The SM-27 is a next generation single engine Close Air Support, Maneuver Air Support, Anti-Armor, Precision All-Weather Attack and Advanced Trainer aircraft. Powered by a 4,000 SHP PW150 turboprop, the SM-27 is a three surface aircraft featuring a moderate aspect ratio wing, canard foreplanes, twin vertical stabilizers and an all moving horizontal tail. With a maximum level speed of 400 Knots, the SM-27 is armed with a 30mm cannon and can carry up to 8,500 lbs of ordnance over 2,000 nm. Featuring an F-16 style, all-glass cockpit that incorporates F-16 flight control grips and reclined Martin Baker Mk16 or MK18 ejection seats, the turboprop Machete will be produced in single seat attack (SM-27S), two seat tandem attack/trainer (SM-27T) and unpiloted/autonomous (SM-27U) configurations. With in-flight refueling capability, integrated avionics and 9-g plus maneuverability in the clean-configuration, the turboprop Machete will be available in basic strike configurations without radar, as well as fully-equipped variants with Vixen 500E AESA or RACR AESA radar and a comprehensive EW/Self Protection Suite.
A modern “A-1 Skyraider,” the SM-27 is designed to serve as a successor to attack aircraft including the A-10 Warthog, Su-25 Frogfooot, A-7 Corsair II, A-29 Super Tucano ALX, OV-10 Bronco, A-37 Dragonfly, IA-58 Pucara and other attack aircraft. Now under development the SM-27S/T will be qualified at the AFFTC at Edwards, AFB. The SM-27S/T will be certified to applicable FAA type and production certification standards (FAR 25, etc.) as a fully qualified Day/Night VFR and IFR (VMC/IMC) aircraft.