The U.S. Air Force has issued an official request for proposal to acquire a small fleet of turboprop aircraft as part of its light attack effort.
The service said it wants a limited number of Textron Aviation AT-6 Wolverine and Sierra Nevada Corporation/Embraer Defense & Security A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to increase ‘partner capacity, capability, and interoperability via training and experimentation.’
The Air Force plans to purchase two or three light attack aircraft from each company, a decision USAF COS Gen Goldfein first disclosed in March 2019. A contract award is expected before year's end for the A-29, and in early 2020 for the AT-6.
Chief of staff, the most senior staff officer in a headquarters.
※light attack aircraft:
Light, prop-driven fighters and attack aircraft.
The USAF is pondering a return to the light attack aircraft that carried out vital close air support and counterinsurgency missions in Vietnam in decades past.