Embraer Defense & Security, together with its partner, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), has been invited to participate in the US Air Force’s (USAF) Capability Assessment of Non-Developmental Light Attack Platforms, known as OA-X. Both companies will take part in the experiment with the A-29 Super TUCANO, which is a light air support (LAS) aircraft with an USAF Military Type Certificate. The OA-X assessment begins this July at New Mexico’s Holloman Air Force Base.
“SNC is proud to participate in the USAF's effort to enhance warfighter support and bring greater value and affordability to the American taxpayer,” Taco Gilbert, Senior Vice President for SNC´s Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) business area, said. “Partnering with Embraer, we’re proud to present the US-made, combat-proven A-29 as part of this experiment.”
The OA-X experiment is part of the USAF’s effort to explore the benefits of acquiring a new, low-cost, non-developmental light attack aircraft to provide close air support and other missions in permissive and semi-permissive environments, reduce fighter pilot training costs, and accelerate pilot seasoning. The OA-X will accomplish those objectives while preserving and extending the service lives of other jet fleets.
“The A-29 is uniquely suited for training and seasoning fighter pilots,” Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security, concluded. “This means more highly-trained pilots more quickly and less expensively, while allowing other platforms to do the work they do best.”