Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Super Tucano Selected for the U.S. Air Force Light Air Support Mission

The U.S. Air Force announced that it has selected the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano for the Light Air Support (LAS) program. The aircraft will be supplied in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as the prime contractor. Other major subcontractors are FLIR Systems and Elbit Systems of America. The air force awarded SNC a firm-fixed price delivery order contract in the amount of $355 million for the initial 20 aircraft and associated support destined to equip the new Afghan Air Force. The aircraft will be used to conduct advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance and light air support operations by partner nations including Afghanistan. The amount also covers training devices for pilot and maintenance training, as well as support equipment


Tim Gow said...

A sort of Diet Skyraider? Good plan!

Don M said...

I was happy with the shark's teeth paint job. Funny I thought it was a Skyraider light too!

Paul said...

Back to the future for the USAF.

Nice kit to use for COIN operations, I have a feeling that I will be buying one of these.

Good post.

Don M said...

They've been talking about a replacement for the Skyraider
for over 40 years, still I'm a
bit surprised given the hate
most jet jocks had for the A10!