SPARKS, Nev. Feb. 5, 2018 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its partner Embraer Defense & Security are proud to participate in the U.S. Air Force’s continued experimentation of light attack aircraft, that was announced Friday, Feb. 2. Following is a response from Taco Gilbert, SNC Senior Vice President of ISR, Aviation and Security (IAS).

“The U.S. Air Force has always proven itself an excellent partner and we have every confidence that it will continue to do so throughout the remaining OA-X experimentation period. We concur with the Air Force’s decision to shift OA-X experimentation back to the U.S., as the A-29 is already engaged daily in combat in different environments globally, proving its mettle without the need for further demonstration and expenditure on that front. The A-29, chosen by 13 air forces, has flown more than 40,000 combat hours in Afghanistan and around the world, and we look forward to the opportunity to showcase its other superior capabilities, particularly with regard to seamless integration into the USAF network.  We 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 fighters.”

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About Sierra Nevada Corporation & Embraer Defense and Security
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defense & Security have partnered on the production and integration of the acclaimed A-29 Super Tucano aircraft in the United States since 2011. Publicly, “A-29 for America” represents the companies’ long, strong partnership. The team builds the A-29 in Jacksonville, Florida, with the cooperation of more than 100 suppliers and subcontractors across 20 U.S. states. Combined, the companies employ more than 5,000 American workers, including more than 1,000 U.S. military veterans, and jointly boast nearly a century of heritage working in the American aviation and defense industry. As the only U.S. military type-certified light air support aircraft in the world, the A-29 has 320,000 flight hours, more than 40,000 combat hours and is trusted by pilots around the world.


Media Contacts: 
Brooke Hart, Sierra Nevada Corporation
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Alyssa Ten Eyck, Embraer
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