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USAF looks set to go for Light Attack

Photo: The AT-6 Wolverine is being evaluated further under a second round of testing this summer. Beechcraft


US Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters on Friday that the service has allocated $2.4 billion in the five-year future years defense program for the OA-X Light Attack program.

With plans in place for a second round of evaluation this summer at Davis-Monthan AFB, it’s a straight fight between the SNC A-29 Super Tucano and the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine.

‘Basically we intend to buy light attack aircraft and we intend to buy them very rapidly,’ Wilson said. Details will become clear in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, and the winning ticket is still up for grabs – that’s the whole point of this summer’s second evaluation.



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