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USAF to buy ‘limited number’ of light attack turboprops

29 October 2019
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Seen here in Afghan service, the Super Tucano was one of two light strike platforms along with the AT-6B Wolverine the USAF is buying in limited numbers to continue its LAE experiment. A contract for two-to-three Super Tucanos will be awarded before the end of the year. Source: 438th Air Expeditionary Wing

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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