Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Air Force Readies These 2 Turboprops For War As It Eyes Massive Order


September 27, 2017, 01:37:34 PM EDT 

By GILLIAN RICH, Investor's Business Daily

Textron 's ( TXT ) AT-6 Wolverine and Sierra Nevada- Embraer 's ( ERJ ) A-29 Super Tucano could get a chance to show off their abilities against the Islamic State or al-Qaida in a combat test next year, as the Air Force looks at possibly buying up to 300 relatively cheap, light-attack aircraft by 2022.

The Air Force hasn't decided if light-attack planes will be an official acquisition program, but it experimented with the planes over the summer at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

The idea is save operating costs by flying the aircraft in uncontested environments and use sophisticated fighters like Lockheed Martin's ( LMT ) F-35 and Boeing's ( BA ) F/A-18 Super Hornet for more dangerous missions.

A final decision on the test, dubbed Combat Dragon III, hasn't been made yet, but Air Force Reserve Col. Mike Pietrucha, light attack adviser to Air Combat Command, told Aviation Week  that he is preparing to send two AT-6s and two A-29s......Read rest of article: HERE

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