The Air Force issued its request for proposal to acquire a fleet of turboprop aircraft as part of its light attack effort....
The new commander of SOCOM wants light attack aircraft to back his forces on the ground.
The Air Force will buy up to three each of Textron Aviation's AT-6 Wolverine and Sierra Nevada/Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano.
The Air Force was supposed to publish a final RFP in December for a light attack aircraft, but it never happened.
The Air Force is seeking to increase its capabilities with 74 additional squadrons over the next decade.
The U.S. Air Force has taken the initial steps to buy commercial, off-the-shelf aircraft for its light attack fleet.
The Air Force canceled the remaining flying portions of its light attack experiment at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.
The U.S. Air Force's light attack demo remains in a holding pattern following the A-29 crash at Holloman AFB last week.
Lt. Christopher Carey Short was piloting the A-29 when it crashed over the Red Rio Bombing Range.
Flights in support of the experiment were called off for the day following the crash.