On 25 May 2007 Stavatti Military Aerospace submitted a response to Request For Information (RFI) Solicitation Number FA8617-07-R-0001: Iraq Counter-Insurgency (COIN) Aircraft. The response contained information related to the SM-27S/T Turboprop Machete. The 50 page submission was sent by Stavatti Aerospace to Christopher Kirbabas at the 337th Aeronautical Systems Group (AESG), 664 AESS/PK, Building 11A, Room 201-I, 1970 Monahan Way, Wright Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7211; TEL: 937-904-4314.
The Stavatti RFI response emphasized that the SM-27 Machete is the appropriate solution for the Iraq COIN Aircraft Requirement stating:
“The Machete program is focused upon the production of the most highly effective COIN platform of our era. In so doing, the Machete has evolved into satisfying what is referred to as SUPER COIN: A Counter-Insurgency Aircraft capable of performing a host of Close Air Support missions while aptly suitable as an advanced trainer and lead-in fighter. SUPER COIN by nature concentrates upon the delivery of high performance, precision guided ordinance to discrete insurgent targets while maintaining the capability to thwart the air defenses of sophisticated, entrenched adversaries.
Designed from the onset to bridge OA-10C capabilities, the Machete SUPER COIN will be a highly armored, extremely well equipped weapon system armed with a 30mm cannon and optimized for exemplary low level maneuvering and handling. The SM-27 is the only new aircraft created specifically for the COIN mission… Of unique configuration, The SM-27 will be the only new attack/trainer aircraft to be made available in either turboprop or turbofan configurations, offering a stunning expanse of flight envelope within a common, interchangeable airframe.
To satisfy the specific mission needs of the Iraqi COIN Aircraft solicitation, Stavatti is proposing the SM-27S/T Machete Turboprop. Additionally to satisfy the specific requirements of the said solicitation, Stavatti will also propose the SM-27IQ Machete Turboprop, which is a variant of the SM-27S/T configured specifically for the Iraqi COIN requirement.”
The Stavatti response was submitted with Stavatti serving as program Prime Contractor and primary vendor for the provision of Contractor Logistical Support (CLS). The Machete Program Team as proposed consists of over 130 Industry Team Members committed to the success of the Machete program.