Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer has teamed with Sierra Nevada in the competition to supply the Air Force’s Light Air Support platform. FlightGlobal reports that US-based Sierra Nevada would be the prime contractor to build Embraer’s Super Tucano light attack aircraft in Jacksonville, Fla., if the Air Force chooses this airplane. The Super Tucano is pitted against the AT-6 that the Lockheed Martin-Hawker Beechcraft team if offering. The Air Force seeks a platform with which to instruct its own pilots, who will then train airmen of partner air forces flying light attack aircraft in roles like counterinsurgency. The LAS contract award is expected in June. The Air Force is also overseeing the acquisition of 20 LAS airframes for the Afghan air force. (See also Aviation International News report)
More than 100 B-21s will be needed if the nation is to avoid creating a high demand/low capacity capability, panelists said on a Hudson Institute webinar. The B-21's flexibility, stealth, range and payload will be in high demand for a wide range of missions, both traditional and new.