The U.S. Air Force plans to buy up to six light-attack aircraft from Textron (NYSE: TXT) and a Sierra Nevada Corp.-Embraer team for use inÂ training and experimental activities as part of the National Defense Strategy.
USAF issued a final request for proposals forÂ AT-6 Wolverine aircraft from Textronâs aviation business to support Air Combat Command’sÂ testing and development of tactical networks atÂ Nellis AF Base in Nevada for missions with international allies, the military serviceÂ said Friday.
The branch provided a separate RFP forÂ A-29 Super Tucano turboprop planes from the SNC-Embraer partnership to aid AF Special Operations Command’sÂ instructor pilot program at Hurlburt Field in Florida.
A draft solicitation for the aircraftÂ wasÂ releasedÂ in August 2018 after USAFÂ completed the second phase ofÂ experiments.
Gen. David Goldfein, USAF chief of staff and a 2017 Wash100 Award recipient, saidÂ continued experimentation allowsÂ the service to deploy a limited number of light attack aircraft through increments and collaborate with partner nations.
âOur focus is on how a light attack aircraft can help our allies and partners as they confront violent extremism and conduct operations within their borders,â Goldfein added.
The branch expects to award a contract to the SNC-Embrarer alliance the end of the year and another contract to Textron in early 2020.