AEROSPATIALE'S SPACE AND DEFENSE DIV. and Socata, the company's general aviation subsidiary, are studying an ``affordable'' reconnaissance aircraft, dubbed Haute Altitude Longue Endurance (High Altitude Long Endurance, or HALE). The 157.5-ft. wingspan, single-engine aircraft is based on Socata's 7-seat TBM700 business and utility airframe. Equipped with a 1,050-shp. Pratt&Whitney PW127 turboprop engine, HALE could spend up to 20 hr. in the air, at 60,000 ft. altitude, carrying 990 lb. of ...

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