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AV-22 Sparrowhawk
AV-22 "Sparrowhawk" Gunship
Production information

UNSC Gunship

  • Air Transportation Escort
  • Air Assault/Close Air Support/Air Escort
Technical specifications

Dual-Ducted Air Fans/T-767-Edgen turboshaft engines

Targeting and sensor systems

Pilot (1), NavSpec Officer (1)

Chronological and affiliation
United Nations Space Command, Air Force

The AV-22 Sparrowhawk, otherwise known by the Hawk, was a twin-engine, low-to-medium altitude, long endurance atmospheric vehicle.[1] Developed by the United Nations Space Command Defense Force, the aircraft was used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety records.

The aircraft formally entered UNSC Air Force service in August 22nd, 2507.


"Known more readily as just “Hawk”, the Sparrowhawk is a formidable air to ground armor busting support aerodyne. The Hawk is still being assessed by command before full production starts while engineers are still working on an experimental propulsion system that has led to failures in the field making the future of this vehicle uncertain. The Hawk first saw actual combat against the Covenant on the surface of Harvest in the final months of that campaign."
―UNSC Fact Sheet on the AV-22 "Sparrowhawk Gunship.[1]

The Sparrowhawk is a formidable air-to-ground anti-tank aerodynamic vehicle.[1] It was used by the UNSC in a support role to hunt tanks and support advances. Rather than thrust-vectoring jet thrusters, like most UNSC aircraft, the Hawk makes use of ducted fans in the wings to provide lift and thrust, and is equipped with wing-mounted GUA-23/AW/FDAs as well as a nose-mounted W/AV M6 G/GNR, allowing it to engage enemy infantry, vehicles and aircraft, making for an aircraft of extreme tactical versatility.

Design details and development

Design and frame

A preview at the Sparrowhawk's cockpit

The airframe is crashworthy and ballistically tolerant to 80mm gunfire. The radar cross section has been minimised, primarily by the precisely shaped fuselage and internal weapons configuration. The gunship has dual-ducted air fans for increased anti-torque capability.

The Sparrowhawk has two identical cockpits for the pilot and the co-pilot, which are sealed and have a positive pressure air system for protection against chemical and biological warfare. The fly-by-wire flight control system is triple redundant. The cockpit is fitted with a pilot's night-vision system from EMG and assisting the pilots is the UNSC Air Force's standard-issue Flight Assistance Intelligence (FAI network). The Flight Assistance Intelligence employs active matrix liquid crystal display technology. The targets are designated and the weapons fired from collective and sidestick control push buttons. Each integrated cockpit has flat screen liquid crystal displays, a colour display for a digital moving map system, tactical situation and night operation display.

In addition, various weapon contractors have provided the Sparrowhawk's integrated radial console and sensory node (IRC-S) suite. The IRC-S suite will feature secure multi-wave, multiband-multimode wireless communications, Link 16, satellite communications, synchronized targeting relay installation and kill emulator (STRIKE) and strategic control operating utility technology (SCOUT) via the tactical internet.


The Sparrowhawk carries its weapons externally, sporting a weapons bay on each side of the fuselage.[1] The missiles are mounted on the weapon bay doors which open sideways. The number of missiles on each door mounting varies, for example each door will hold three ANVILs or six 108-HEAT missiles. The gunship can be reconfigured with optional stub wings fitted with multiple weapon pylons which carry an additional four ANVILs or eight 108-HEAT missiles.

The Sparrowhawk is equipped with three turreted gun system.[1] The externally-powered GUA-23/AW/FDA is capable of firing 1,750 to 3,500 rounds a minute. The gun is mounted on a Giat-composite turret (weighing 127kg) under the nose of the gunship. The 500 round ammunition supply system can be reloaded in less than eight minutes by two crew members.


The Sparrowhawk is equipped with two T-767-Edgen turboshaft engines from Edgen Heavy Industries with a maximum rated power of 7,563shp each.[1]

Developmental history

Operational history


Sparrowhawks at low altitude.

Data from UNSC AF:[1]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 14.6 m (47.9 ft)
  • Wingspan: 8.2 m (26.9 ft)
  • Height: 3.9 m (12.8 ft)
  • Empty weight: 7,331 kg (16,160 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 10,000 kg (22,050 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 12,000 kg (26,460 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2× T-767-Edgen turboshaft
  • Never exceed speed: 221 knots (255 mph, 410 km/h)
  • Maximum speed: 185 knots (213 mph, 343 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 164 knots (188 mph, 304 km/h)
  • Range: >500 nmi (464 mi, 747 km) with one external fuel tanks
  • Combat radius: 405 nmi (466 mi, 750 km)
  • Ferry range: 1,296 nmi (1,492, mi 2,401 km)
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 m (39,370 ft)
  • Guns: 2× 30mm GUA-23/AW/Linkless Feed Autocannons
  • Air to air loadout:
  • Air to ground loadout:
  • Hardpoints: three pylon stations on the stub wings. An additional station on each wingtip


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 UNSC Air Force: Factsheet on the AV-22 "Sparrowhawk" Gunship

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