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By Lara Seligman

Sierra Nevada Corporation/Embraer’s A-29 Super Tucano and Textron Aviation’s AT-6B Wolverine are facing off over the sands of Holloman AFB, New Mexico, for the second phase of the U.S. Air Force’s Light Attack Experiment.

Over the next three months, pilots will fly the Super Tucano and AT-6B in a second evaluation designed to gather additional information about the aircraft’s capabilities in a light attack role, as well as interoperability with partner nations, the Air Force says. The event kicked off May 7.

From a logistics perspective, the A-29 “performed beautifully” during the previous experiment, flying twice a day for almost three months straight. The team did not lose a single sortie due to logistics problems, Taco Gilbert, Sierra Nevada Corporation senior vice president, told reporters May 14.