USAF se­lects A-29 Su­per Tu­cano for light air sup­port pro­gramme


The US Air Force (USAF) has an­nounced that it has se­lected the Em­braer De­fense and Se­cu­rity´s A-29 Su­per Tu­cano for its light air sup­port (LAS) pro­gramme. The air­craft will be sup­plied in part­ner­ship with Sierra Ne­vada Cor­po­ra­tion (SNC) as the prime con­trac­tor, and will be used to con­duct ad­vanced flight train­ing, ae­rial re­con­nais­sance and light air sup­port op­er­a­tions. Af­ter a thor­ough re­bid­ding process, the USAF con­sid­ered the over­all so­lu­tion of­fered by Em­braer De­fense and Se­cu­rity and SNC to be the su­pe­rior choice for this crit­i­cal mis­sion.

“This award con­firms that the A-29 Su­per Tu­cano is the best air­craft for LAS op­er­a­tions. We are ready to start work­ing and hon­oured to sup­port the US Government and its part­ners with a cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion,” said Luiz Car­los Aguiar, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Em­braer De­fense and Se­cu­rity. “We are com­mit­ted to pur­su­ing our in­vest­ment strat­egy in the United States and to de­liv­er­ing th­ese air­craft on sched­ule and within bud­get.”

“The light air sup­port (LAS) pro­gramme is es­sen­tial to the United States’ ob­jec­tives in Afghanistan and to our na­tional se­cu­rity. It is a great hon­our to serve our coun­try by pro­vid­ing the air­craft, train­ing and sup­port for this pro­gramme,” said Taco Gil­bert, Vice Pres­i­dent of In­te­grated Tac­ti­cal So­lu­tions for SNC’s In­tel­li­gence, Sur­veil­lance and Re­con­nais­sance busi­ness area. “The A-29 Su­per Tu­cano with its proven track record is ex­actly what’s needed for the LAS pro­gramme where the mis­sion is crit­i­cal and the time is short.”

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