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-28 Machete is a next generation single engine Attack aircraft optimized for Close Air Support (CAS), Anti-Armor, Precision All-Weather Attack, Interdiction, Maritime Strike and Lead-In Training. Powered by a 14,000 lb class GEAE F414 non-afterburning derivative turbofan, the SM-28 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 in excess of 0.85 Mach, the SM-28 is armed with a 30mm cannon and can carry up to 12,000 lbs of ordnance over a tactical radius greater than 670 nm.
Featuring an F-16 style, all-glass cockpit that incorporates F-16 flight control grips and reclined Martin Baker Mk16 or MK18 or ACES 5 ejection seats, the SM-28 Machete will be produced in single seat attack (SM-28S), two seat tandem strike or trainer (SM-28T) and unpiloted/autonomous (SM-28U) configurations. With in-flight refueling capability, integrated avionics and 9-g plus maneuverability in the clean configuration, the turbofan Machete will be available in basic strike configurations without radar, as well as fully-equipped variants with Vixen 500E AESA or Raytheon RACR AESA radar and a comprehensive EW/ECM Self Protection Suite.