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Air Force Pushes Back Light Attack Aircraft Program

Source: Defense News

January 22 2019


The competition to provide a new light-attack aircraft to the U.S. Air Force has been postponed indefinitely, reports Defense News

Undersecretary of the Air Force Matt Donovan announced the decision on Friday, saying the service was not ready to commit to a program.

Donovan said the Air Force planned to expand the scope of the program, suggesting that new aircraft could be considered.

It was not immediately clear what requirements might have changed or whether a new platform has attracted the Air Force's interest, the newspaper said.

More information would be provided later this year, said the undersecretary.

Flight testing began with four contenders, which was reduced to two in 2018: the A-29 Super Tucano and the AT-6 Wolverine

A request for proposals had been anticipated in December. 

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