Scaled Composites’ ARES and Light Attack, Turbofan, Single CAS/Light Attack Aircraft Demonstrator


The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg L. Davis).

The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg L. Davis, https://media.defense.gov/2003/Feb/10/2000030335/1088/820/0/021105-O-9999G-026.JPG).

Posted: October 14, 2020 | Completed: August 5, 2020
What information is available related to the Scaled Composites' ARES-151 demonstrator aircraft?

DSIAC was asked to find any characteristics, performance specifications, and testing data on the close air support (CAS)/light attack, Agile Responsive Effective Support (ARES) jet aircraft demonstrator developed and tested as a private venture by the Scaled Composites company in the mid-1980s to early 1990s. Searches of open sources, periodicals, and the DTIC Research & Engineering Gateway only yielded some cursory information, so DSIAC staff traced the acquisition history for Scaled Composites to its acquisition by Northrop Grumman. By utilizing contacts at Northrop Grumman, DSIAC connected via telecon with the Scaled Composites subsidiary, who subsequently searched their archives and provided documents, with permission, to disseminate to the inquirer.

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