Aero and IAI team to meet USAF CAS requirement

14 June 2018

Aero Vodochody and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) are teaming to jointly offer the former’s family of light combat jets for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) OA-X close air support (CAS) programme.

Building on a strategic agreement the two companies signed in April that would facilitate them delivering technological and marketing advantages for Aero’s aircraft, they have now announced that the first market they will be pitching to is the United States, offering jet alternatives to the turboprops that are dominating the OA-X competition.

Left in the running for OA-X are the Beechcraft AT-6 and the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano turboprops, after the USAF overlooked the offer of the Textron AirLand Scorpion jet aircraft earlier in 2018.

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