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USAF halts Light Attack Experiment

Photo: An A-29 during the first Light Attack Experiment in 2017. USAF/Ethan D. Wagner


The US Air Force has halted the second phase of its Light Attack Experiment at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, in the wake of the fatal crash of an Embraer A-29 Super Tucano on June 22 that killed US Navy LT Christopher Short and injured one other crewmember.

Flying was put on hold following the crash and Lt Gen Arnold Bunch, the USAF’s senior acquisition officer, said on June 3 that enough data has already been collated to determine the way ahead for its so-called OA-X Light Attack plans.

Should the USAF decide to press ahead with potential plans for up to 300 new light attack aircraft it says it will issue a request for proposals by December for a downselect in the next fiscal year.

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