Armed Forces News

The Air Force is considering the purchase of commercially available aircraft to conduct future close-air support missions. National Defense magazine reported Feb. 1 that the service wants to consider Sierra Nevada Corp., and Embraer’s A-29 Super Tuscano and Textron Aviation’s AT-6 Wolverine, rather than develop an entirely new airframe. “This was not an area that we would go do a long, large procurement at this time,” Lt. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., of the service’s acquisition office, told a panel of reporters.