What does LAE stand for?
Phase 2 of the OA-X experiment commenced in 2017 is known as LAE: Light Attack Experiment. It takes place from May through July 2018 at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
See the announcement here.
What is OA-X?
OA-X is a United States Air Force (USAF) experiment. Generals from USAF have stated publicly the need to explore the benefits of acquiring a non-developmental light attack aircraft to provide close air support and other missions in permissive and semi-permissive environments. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have stated the need to reduce fighter pilot training costs and mitigate the Air Force’s fighter pilot shortfall. The USAF announced it was conducting a Capability Assessment of Non-Developmental Light Attack Platforms. Learn more here.
Does the A-29 have experience on the battlefield?
Yes. The A-29 was selected by 14 air forces worldwide and is the only light air support (LAS) aircraft in the world with a U.S. Military Type Certificate. The A-29 has more than 320,000 flight hours and more than 40,000 combat hours.The A-29 is a durable, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of fighter and ISR missions. 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.
Is the A-29 Super Tucano made in the USA?
Yes. Working together with our partner, Embraer Defense and Security, the A-29 is made in Jacksonville, Florida. Sierra Nevada Corporation is based in Sparks, Nevada and has 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.
Is the A-29 going to replace the A-10?
No, according to the United States Air Force. The A-29 would sustain and extend lifecycles of current fighter fleets.
Are all A-29s the same?
No. For the proposed OA-X program, the A-29 would be built to the specifications set by the United States Air Force, giving U.S. pilots the best aircraft for these missions. Every A-29 can be configurable to perform Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and security missions, counter insurgency and counter terrorism.