The US Air Force announced Sierra Nevada Corp, in alliance with Brazil’s Embraer, has won the contract to provide the Afghan Air Force with a light attack aircraft. The contract has a very specific dollar figure:
The firm-fixed-price contract is worth $427,459,708…Work will be completed by Feb. 26, 2019, and the first delivery order is expected to be complete by April 2015.
Prior to December, there were two contractors vying for the award — Hawker Beechcraft’s AT-6 and Embraer’s Super Tucano. In December, the Air Force removed Hawker from the competition and awarded the contract to the sole remaining bidder.
Recently, reports seemed to say the US government had made its decision regarding the light attack aircraft it would provide Afghanistan. A more recent article, however, indicates a “battle” may yet be brewing over the procurement plan.
The feud between Hawker Beechcraft and Sierra Nevada Corporation over the Light Air Support contract has escalated from Continue reading →
The US Air Force recently awarded a contract to provide “at least 20 A-29 Super Tucanos” to Afghanistan. The light attack aircraft was competing with the Hawker Beechcraft AT-6, a modified version of the T-6 currently used by both the USAF and US Navy. The Air Force has also been flying an AT-6 in Arizona in a “non-acquisition program.”
The deal was contracted with Sierra Nevada Corp, though the Super Tucano itself is a product of Brazil-based Continue reading →
In appearance, Hawker Beechcraft AT-6Cs resemble the fighters of yesteryear with single engine propellers and shark-face nose art. They are, in actuality, one possible candidate for Air Force light attack aircraft and the latest project for Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center officials based at Tucson International Airport.
“What you’re suggesting here is we need a light strike, light attack platform to perform our organic requirements and I would argue that there is a limited need for that. Again, with the platforms that we already have in our force structure, in our capability, we can service any close-air support requirement. As simple as that”…
The Air Force’s sole purpose for buying the light aircraft, Schwartz said, is to help poorer nations such as Iraq and Afghanistan establish Continue reading →