The need for Light Attack

 is clear

  • Sustain and extend lifecycles of current fighter fleets
  • Certified, off-the-shelf option that can be deployed quickly
  • A low cost-per-flight-hour alternative offering more value to taxpayer
  • Bottom line: More effective and efficient fleet

Light Attack Aircraft (LAA) Program

After participating in the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) Capability Assessment of Non-Developmental Light Attack Platforms in 2017 and phase II in 2018, SNC and Embraer Defense & Security are proud that the A-29 Super Tucano is being considered for the Light Attack initiative. We are proud to have showcased the A-29’s superior capabilities during both phases with regard to seamless integration into the USAF network, and are confident that the USAF will find that the American-built A-29 is not only a first-rate combat aircraft, but is a great value to the U.S. taxpayer in the savings it generates in training and combat, and in the extension it provides to the service lives of other fighter aircraft. We look forward participating in the draft request for proposal (RFP) with the end goals of accomplishing the light attack mission and making true impacts to the acquisition process.

Reducing Wear & Tear

The Department of Defense (DOD) relies on more expensive fourth and fifth generation fighter fleets for contested fights. Deploying these assets for low-end missions in uncontested theaters increases operation & sustainment costs (O&S) and reduces platform life.

Lower Cost Alternative

Lower O&S costs associated with a non-development light attack platform save money when fighting in permissive environments, including insurgencies. This directly addresses the DOD’s growing O&S challenge.

Pilot Training

A non-development light attack platform provides pilots with additional flight training time in combat missions at a lower cost, building pilot proficiency. The program would allow pilots to refine tactics, techniques and procedures in a time where increased O&S costs are reducing pilot flight time & proficiency.

Joint Training

Funding a U.S. Air Force (USAF) light attack aircraft creates opportunities for joint training with Special Operations, U.S. Army and Marine Corps ground forces that is not currently available due to the lack of available aircraft.

SNC, together with its partner Embraer Defense & Security, was invited to participate with the A-29 Super Tucano in two USAF experiments, in the summers of 2017 and 2018.

Should the USAF procure a light attack aircraft, officials have said it would sustain fighter fleets. Using a new light attack aircraft, like the A-29, would extend the life and reduce maintenance costs of other military aircraft now entering service like the F-35.

The A-29, which is the only light air support (LAS) aircraft in the world with a U.S. Military Type Certificate, can help the USAF enhance warfighter support and bring greater value and affordability to the American taxpayer.

Manufactured in Florida and selected by 13 air forces worldwide, the A-29 is a durable, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of fighter and ISR missions. The A-29 is combat-proven in Afghanistan and in theaters around the globe.