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- Oct 1, 2012
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A Four Corners investigation reveals allegations that elite Australian military men are being caught up in the dark world of private wars.
Erik Prince used his publicly traded company, Frontier Services Group, to disguise his secret plans to develop light attack aircraft for use in a mercenary air force.
Interesting couple of articles there (the Intercept one is a bit more complete). Besides the entertaining read about extremely dodgy private army owners, I found the aircraft very interesting.
Based on a Thrush 510G crop duster, they fitted surveillance and laser targetting, bullet proof windows, armoured cockpit, engine armour, anti-explosive fuel tank mesh, and wing mounted pylons for external stores including 23mm guns, rocket pods and dumb bombs.
All without permission, certification, or even a full testing regime...