The US Air Force (USAF) is to buy a "limited number" of turboprop aircraft to satisfy the current phase of its Light Attack Experiment (LAE), the service announced on 25 October.
A final request for proposals (RFP) has been issued for between two and three Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC)-Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos, as well as the same number of Textron Aviation AT-6B Wolverines for further LAE experimentation.
As noted by the USAF, the Super Tucanos will be used at Hurlburt Field in Florida by Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) to develop an instructor pilot programme for the Combat Aviation Advisory mission to meet increased partner nation requests for light attack assistance.
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