SNC, Embraer deliver first A-29 to Air Force | Air Force Times |

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and Embraer have delivered the first A-29 Super Tucano to the Air Force, with company officials pledging Embraer’s Jacksonville, Florida, facility will produce the remainder of its order on time.

The delivery was made Thursday at that facility. On hand were military officials from the US and Afghanistan, including Maj. Gen. Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan Air Force, which will be the final customer for the light attack propeller planes.

Delivery of the A-29 marks the start of filling the Light Air Support (LAS) program contract for the Pentagon. While the plane is new for the US, there are over 200 Super Tucanos on order around the world, more than 170 of which have been delivered, according to Embraer figures.

via SNC, Embraer deliver first A-29 to Air Force | Air Force Times |


The plane is delivered to our Air Force, but it’s for the Afghan Air Force. But training is much easier to do here, under the Aegis of the US Air Force. So off to Georgia it goes!

The US should have bought something like this in 2003, when it first became clear we would be involved in low intensity conflict for a long time. Think of the millions and millions of dollars we could have saved on F-15, F-16, A-10, AV-8 and F-18 flight hours, fuel, and maintenance.