Juliet Van Wagenen
[Avionics Today 09-30-2014] The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defense & Security have presented the first United States-built A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft. The aircraft, which also performs as an advanced trainer, is the first of 20 that are set to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force for its Light Air Support (LAS) program to support the stability of Afghanistan as it assumes increased responsibility for security with the redeployment of NATO forces.
This comes as a result of a 2013 contract the U.S. Air Force awarded to SNC to supply 20 A-29 Super Tucanos as well as ground-training devices, pilot and maintenance training support. The aircraft will be used to provide light air support, reconnaissance and training capabilities to the Afghanistan military.