BDF BAC Strikemaster 83 /87
BAC 167 Strikemaster
Design and development
The BAC 167 Strikemaster is essentially an armed version of the Jet Provost
T.Mk 5; the Strikemaster was modified with an up-rated engine, wing hard-points,
a strengthened airframe, new communication and navigation gear, up-rated ejection
seats, a revised fuel system, and shortened landing gear. First flown in 1967,
the aircraft was marketed as a light attack or counter-insurgency aircraft,
but most large scale purchasers were air forces wanting an advanced trainer
although Ecuador, Oman and Yemen have used their aircraft in combat. A total
of 146 were built.
Capable of operating from rough air strips, with dual ejection seats suitable
even for low-altitude escape, it was widely used by third-world nations. Use
of the type was restricted by most users after the Royal New Zealand Air Force
found fatigue cracking in the wings of its aircraft. Aircraft retired by Botswana,
New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Singapore have found their way into museums and
On 5 October 2006, due to loss of a wing, a Strikemaster crashed in New South
Wales, Australia, claiming two lives. Fatigue of the wing may come with age
as well as usage. Approximately a dozen privately-owned Strikemasters are currently
* Strikemaster Mk 80 : Export version for Saudi Arabia. 25 aircraft.
* Strikemaster Mk 80A: 20 aircraft were sold to Saudi Arabia as part of a follow-up
* Strikemaster Mk 81 : Export version for South Yemen. Four aircraft.
* Strikemaster Mk 82 : Export version for Oman. 12 aircraft.
* Strikemaster Mk 82A: 12 aircraft were sold to Oman as part of a follow-up
* Strikemaster Mk 83 : Export version for Kuwait. 12 aircraft.
* Strikemaster Mk 84 : Export version for Singapore. 16 aircraft.
* Strikemaster Mk 87 : Export version for Kenya. Six aircraft.
* Strikemaster Mk 88 : Export version for New Zealand. 16 aircraft.
* Strikemaster Mk 89 : Export version for Ecuador. 22 aircraft.
* Strikemaster Mk 89A: A number of aircraft were sold to Ecuador as part of
a follow-up order.
* Strikemaster Mk 90 : Export version for Sudan. The last Strikemaster was delivered
to Sudan in 1984.
* Strikemaster 80: 136
* Strikemaster 90: 10
* Botswana: Ex-Kuwaiti Mk.83s and Kenyan Mk.87s were briefly used by the Botswana
Defence Force Air Wing
* Ecuadorian Air Force (Mk.89/Mk.89A)
* South Yemen Air Force (Mk.81)
* Kenya Air Force (Mk.87)
* Kuwait: Kuwait Air Force (Mk 83)
* Royal New Zealand Air Force (Mk.88) No. 14 Squadron RNZAF
* Royal Air Force of Oman (Mk.82/Mk.82A)
* Royal Saudi Air Force (Mk.80/Mk.80A)
* Republic of Singapore Air Force (Mk.84)
* Sudanese Air Force (Mk.90)
Strikemaster Mk 87
* Crew: 2
* Length: 33 ft 8 in (10.27 m)
* Wingspan: 36 ft 11 in (11.25 m)
* Height: 10 ft 2 in (3.10 m)
* Wing area: 214 ft² (19.8 m²)
* Empty weight: 5,995 lb (2,772 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 11,500 lb (5,220 kg)
* Powerplant: 1× Rolls-Royce Viper Mk.535 turbojet, 3,410 lbf (15.2 kN)
* Maximum speed: 450 knots (520 mph, 834 km/h)
* Range: 780 nm (900 mi, 1450 km)
* Service ceiling: 40,000 ft (12,200 m)
* Rate of climb: 5,250 ft/min (87.5 m/s)
* Guns: 2× 0.303 in (7.7 mm) machine guns with 550 rounds each
* Up to 3,000 lb (1,364 kg) of disposable stores on eight underwing hardpoints
including bombs, machine gun pods, air-to-ground rocket pods, fuel drop tanks,
and napalm tanks.