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Mission Capabilities

When the mission changes, the multi-role MC-208 Guardian™ is ready, saving time and lives.

Key Differentiators

The reliable Cessna platform allows for a uniquely versatile special mission aircraft. The MC-208 Guardian can move seamlessly from ISR to CASEVAC/MEDEVAC to precision strike, eliminating the need for multiple specialized platforms. See what makes it different.

Air Operable Roll Up Door

Operable by the pilot, an Air Operable roll up door easily supports logistics for ground troops from air drops for food or medical supplies to transport for CASEVAC/MEDEVAC missions.

Ku Antenna System

Antenna system enables Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) satellite communications for voice and data transmission.

EO/IR Sensor

EO/IR for HD full-motion video turret, enabling objective surveillance and laser designation for weapons targeting.

Landing Gear and Brakes

Upgraded landing gear and brakes increase maximum takeoff and landing weight on unimproved runways and austere conditions.


Four wing-mounted hardpoint pylons can hold up to 525 pounds each. The MC-208 Guardian is SEEK Eagle certified for use of APKWS, Hydra 70, and AGM 114 munitions.

Fuel Tank

Internal fuel tank extends range and endurance to a total mission duration of nearly eight hours.


Variants of the MC-208 Guardian’s multi-role platform have been delivered and utilized operationally worldwide under the DOD sponsored Building Partnership Capacity program.

MAG holds multiple Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) from the FAA for the MC-208 Guardian’s multi-role configurations, design upgrades, and added features essential for mission-critical austere operations.

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Air Mobility

The MC-208 is capable of supporting the air mobility mission set with cargo and personnel airdrops, Infil/Exfil of SOF personnel on austere runways, and CASEVAC/MEDEVAC operations.



Unlike smaller aircraft with space for only two crew members, the MC-208 provides the option for life-saving extraction to trauma centers outside the battlefield without reconfiguration.

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Disassembly of the MC-208 Guardian for C-17 transport can be done with only 5 crew in 4.5 hours with reassembly taking 8 hours, putting the aircraft on the ground and mission-ready almost anywhere in the world within 48 hours.


The MC-208 Guardian is a situational awareness, driver-integrated aircraft with the cutting-edge digital architecture of a high definition (HD) full motion video electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensor. This technology serves as the eyes of the operator and provides detailed intelligence data including long-range surveillance, target acquisition, tracking, and targeting for laser-guided munitions.

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Precision Strike

The MC-208 Guardian can be armed with up to eight Hellfire missiles and as many as 14 Advanced Precision Kill Weapons Systems (APKWS) laser-guided rockets for smaller targets. Hydra 70 Folding Fin Rockets can either lay down suppressive fire to enable troop movement or pinpoint exact targets with laser designation.

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A Game-Changer

“As a former special operations aviator myself, what I want is utility. I want one aircraft that will serve all my needs. So, for special operators in the field, this is a game-changer.”

Joe Fluet, Founder and CEO, MAG Aerospace