The A-29 is the solution for the OA-X experiment.
It will enhance warfighter support and bring greater value and affordability to the American taxpayer.

Built For The Mission

The A-29 Super Tucano is a durable, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft made in the U.S. by Sierra Nevada Corporation and its partner, Embraer Defense & Security. It is the only LAS aircraft in the world with a U.S. Military Type Certificate. The A-29 is consistent with current USAF platforms highlighted by lower operational & sustainment costs allowing increased pilot flight time and improved proficiency.

  • Made in the USA and creates U.S. jobs
  • Combat proven and in use by 13 air forces worldwide
  • Cost effective with low maintenance footprint
  • Only aircraft in its class with a U.S. Military Type Certificate

American Made

The A-29 is assembled in Jacksonville, Fla., with support from U.S. employees and companies in over 20 states. Should the USAF decide to procure a light attack fleet based on the OA-X experiment, this would create additional production in the U.S. to build the new A-29s based on exact specifications and capabilities of the USAF.

Sierra Nevada Corporation is headquartered in Sparks, Nev., and has a workforce of more than 3,000 with locations in 19 U.S. states. Embraer has had a U.S. presence for nearly 40 years and employs more than 2,000 people in 12 facilities throughout the U.S., including 1,000 employees in Florida.

Combat Proven

The A-29 is a proven combat aircraft that can be procured and operated at a fraction of the cost of other fighter/attack aircraft. A clean sheet design, the A-29 can provide close air support and other missions in permission and semi-permissive environments.

To date, the A-29 Super Tucano has been selected by 13 air forces on three continents and holds an excellent performance record:

  • More than 300,000 flight hours
  • Nearly 40,000 combat hours

With more than 150 certified load configurations, it is equipped with advanced electronic, electro-optic, infrared and laser system technologies, as well as secure radio systems with data links and unrivaled munitions capacity.

The A-29 is the only aircraft in its class with U.S. Military Type Certification and has been operationally employed. The military certification allows for a swift, low-risk, combat-proven solution that the USAF is already operating under a foreign military sales (FMS) effort.

Cost Effective

The A-29 is a proven combat aircraft that can be procured and operated at a fraction of the cost of other fighter/attack aircraft.

  • Cost-per-flight-hour is significantly less than all other aircraft in its class, as well as all legacy aircraft in inventory, making it an ideal fit for the OA-X experiment.
  • The aircraft’s proven record of success and flexibility ensures a smooth transition into this experiment while addressing budget pressures expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
  • The A-29’s advanced avionics, communications and additional capabilities are similar to that of 4th and 5th generation aircraft, allowing the USAF to mature and season its pilots effectively at reduced cost.

Bottom Line

The A-29 is the ideal fit for the OA-X experiment because it’s experienced, capable, versatile and ready to be deployed.