May 16 (UPI) — The A-29 light attack aircraft from the Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer is participating in a U.S. Air Force capability assessment.
The U.S. Air Force has taken another baby step toward possibly buying 300 low-cost, light- attack aircraft to fight violent extremists in the Middle East. Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has approved a light-attack fighter flight demonstration at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, this summer to look at the capabilities of existing commercial designs.
With aging jets and a shortage of pilots, the Air Force weighs buying throwback ‘light-attack’ planes
The U.S. Air Force, faced with a potentially protracted war against the Islamic State, aging fighter jets and a shrinking force of pilots, is examining the adoption of a new fleet of “light-attack” planes that are both a throwback to earlier U.S. operations and a current staple of militaries in South America and the Middle East.