US Air Force will purchase A-29 Super Tucano and AT-6 Wolverine aircraft

US Air Force will purchase A-29 Super Tucano and AT-6 Wolverine aircraft

Light combat aircraft Sierra Nevada / Embraer A-29B (EMB-314) Super Tucano


The US Air Force signed a contract to supply four turboprops for light combat aircraft, each with two Sierra Nevada / Embraer A-29B Super Tucano and Beechcraft AT-6B Wolverine. This was reported by the press service of the US Air Force.

According to the information provided, all four turboprop aircraft will be purchased to participate in the program of the promising light combat aircraft OA-X, although the program itself has already been closed after being recognized as unpromising. As part of this program, which began in 2009, it was proposed to select one or two turboprop aircraft for participation in low- and medium-intensity operations, where the use of “real” aircraft was considered excessive. The program planned to purchase from 100 to 300 aircraft.

The program’s favorite was the Brazilian turboprop combat trainer Embraer A-29B (EMB-314) Super Tucano, promoted by the American corporation Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), followed by AT-6B Wolverine, a Beechcraft-designed specialized attack aircraft based on The US Air Force is equipped with a Beechcraft T-6 Texan II turboprop training aircraft (licensed version of the Swiss Pilatus PC-9 aircraft). In 2018, these aircraft were officially selected to participate in the final stage of the tender, but by 2019 the program was "blown away."


Prototype Beechcraft AT-6B Wolverine Turboprop Light Attack Aircraft

Despite the termination of the program, the US Air Force ordered Sierra Nevada to supply two A-29B Super Tucano aircraft, and Beechcraft ordered the delivery of two AT-6B Wolverine aircraft. All aircraft should be delivered by the end of 2020, the amount of contracts includes the continuation of the OCD and the provision of tests on the topic.

However, the Air Force itself has already stated that these aircraft will be used for completely different purposes. It is reported that both Super Tucano will be used at the Harlburt Field air base in Florida as part of the US Air Force Command to train instructors for training foreign flight personnel of Super Tucano aircraft, and both AT-6B Wolverine aircraft will be used by the Combat aviation US Air Force Command as experienced at Nellis Air Force Base to test the advanced AERONet airborne guidance system.
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  1. Victor_B 19 March 2020 11: 19 New
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    Are coronaviruses preparing for an epidemic?
    Drive insurgents by state.
    Coffins already oh how much stock!

    PLASTIC Coffins in America
    1. GELEZNII_KAPUT 19 March 2020 11: 25 New
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      Are coronaviruses preparing for an epidemic?

      U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law on defense production to force businesses to fulfill orders for military purposes, but this time it is about combating the coronavirus COVID-19.
    2. Rzzz 19 March 2020 18: 50 New
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      This picture of 10 years walks on the Internet, and it is pulled to every event.
      In epidemics, by the way, corpses are cremated.
    3. ROSS_51 20 March 2020 21: 55 New
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      Quote: Victor_B

      PLASTIC Coffins in America

      These coffins are probably 40 years old. They bought like 300 thousand units for the burial of radioactive corpses. Nuclear conflict and all that. Optimists.
  2. rocket757 19 March 2020 11: 21 New
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    According to the information provided, all four turboprop aircraft will be purchased to participate in the program of the promising light combat aircraft OA-X, although the program itself is already closed after being recognized as unpromising.

    The giraffe is big, he does what he wants.
    1. knn54 19 March 2020 12: 14 New
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      Let's not forget about finances.
      A turboprop will cost $ 10-12 million, and the cost of a jet fighter in the region of fifty million dollars.
      The cost of operating a turboprop (flight hour) costs $ 1-2 thousand, and the cheapest and most massive jet F-16C costs about $ 25 thousand.
      1. rocket757 19 March 2020 12: 39 New
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        Quote: knn54
        Let's not forget about finances.

        In, in, there is not only a giraffe peering, and there the elephant strives to cut everywhere he gets to.
        In principle, a normal technique, against one serious adversary, neither one nor the other, may not be very effective! and driving the barmalei, Tukano or some other similar one, will be no worse, but much cheaper.
        The elephant will certainly be pleased, the deal may turn out to be good.
        1. spectr 19 March 2020 14: 27 New
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          Taboo is broken. The Turks began to actively transfer MANPADS to the barmales. Looking at them and the rest will go this way. So these planes were late. Only third countries can be sold. There, the attitude to the losses of personnel is different. There the Syrians are still flying on the L-39.
          1. rocket757 19 March 2020 14: 35 New
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            The price of ammunition will increase slightly, high-precision and adjustable more expensive ... make light, cheaper, now it is possible. Or they will smear a lot, from a higher dump height ...
            You can come up with.
          2. Rzzz 19 March 2020 18: 53 New
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            From MANPADS such fill up is quite difficult. There is no incandescent nozzle on which the infrared seeker is aimed. There is a small exhaust pipe, but it is a much worse target.
            1. spectr 20 March 2020 09: 09 New
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              The helicopter also does not have a hot nozzle. Shot down.
              1. Rzzz 20 March 2020 22: 48 New
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                The helicopter’s engine power is several times greater, and hot gases, therefore more. The speed is slower and the gases mix worse with the surrounding air.
  3. Ravil_Asnafovich 19 March 2020 11: 26 New
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    Use for training, foreign flight personnel, I was personally alerted.
  4. PavelT 19 March 2020 11: 46 New
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    ... Or these 4 pieces of light aircraft will secretly use some kind of special operations department of the CIA for operations where "low and medium intensity combat operations" are expected.
  5. Cowbra 19 March 2020 11: 48 New
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    Twist and twist, I want to cut wink I remember
    By 2019, the program was "blown away."
    ... because at Yankipad-2018 there was ... Yankipad. Because of the overwhelming desire to cut the same budget AMERICAN. In short:
    https://afirsov.livejournal.com/450812.html
  6. novel66 19 March 2020 11: 59 New
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    good saioletik supertukano, but ... his time has passed, only Latinos along the border to drive
  7. Graz 19 March 2020 12: 01 New
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    I think PMCs will arm and train them to fly 100%
  8. Strashila 19 March 2020 12: 08 New
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    There is a need for this class of vehicles, the main thing is that the flight altitude be higher than the MANPADS application area.
    Purely theoretically, the action of a joint UAV for point strikes.
    The UAV does the illumination of the target, the aircraft produces ammunition from the maximum height at the base of Krasnopol, so the projectile is sent for tens of kilometers, and here it is possible to deliver to hundreds.
    Given its projectile weight in the region of fifty kilograms, an airplane can take several such shells for various purposes.
    1. Piramidon 19 March 2020 12: 48 New
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      Quote: Strashila
      Given its projectile weight in the region of fifty kilograms, an airplane can take several such shells for various purposes.

      For these shells also need a gun. The "Kaolitsy" or "Mstu" plane will not pull.
      1. Strashila 19 March 2020 12: 57 New
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        “A gun is also needed for these shells”, and why the gun is fucking, they activated control on the projectile and dropped it, and then it will fly to the bottom driven by the UAV backlight
        You can also manage mines of 120 mm mortars, in the same way, the main thing is that the control head picks up the backlight. From a height it flares up in speed, as it should, so that is enough to adjust the flight.
        All of these ammunition are adjusted at the final site.
        1. Piramidon 19 March 2020 13: 29 New
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          Quote: Strashila
          and the gun is fucking, they activated control on the projectile and dropped it, and then he himself will fly to the bottom driven by the backlight of the UAV

          To do this, you need to remake the projectile into a guided bomb (add planes to it, increase steering wheels ...). Why "reinvent the wheel" if such PSUs already exist? request
          1. Strashila 19 March 2020 13: 46 New
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            everything is already there
            1. Piramidon 19 March 2020 13: 48 New
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              Quote: Strashila
              everything is already there

              What is, is designed for a different flight speed. Compare the speed of the projectile and the bomb. hi
              1. Strashila 19 March 2020 14: 38 New
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                "designed for a different flight speed", at what point, at the time of discharge or near the ground
                1. Piramidon 19 March 2020 15: 05 New
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                  The velocity of the projectile even in the final portion of the trajectory is greater than the speed of the bomb at the time of the drop. And what do you want to fasten this "Krasnopol" to the plane? request
                  1. Strashila 19 March 2020 15: 51 New
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                    that the velocity of the projectile freely falling from a height of 6-7 km, that of the projectile at the end of the flight path to the maximum speed will be approximately equal in the region of 300 m \ s
    2. Rzzz 19 March 2020 18: 57 New
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      By the way, on the radar, such an airplane will look like a large UAV. You can send a couple of dozens of drones to the mission with him, let the air defense solve the problem of choosing targets.
  9. edeligor 19 March 2020 12: 09 New
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    I categorically believe that this topic in aviation is undeservedly forgotten. Relatively cheap and very angry! For a theater like Syria, that’s it! Given the developments in modern engines, you can well protect such aircraft. For our army, pilots with secondary education can be revived to service such equipment. Well done Americans, I envy. True 4 pieces ... Trial?
    1. svp67 19 March 2020 13: 39 New
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      Quote: edeligor
      Relatively cheap and very angry!

      If "cheap", then only against the "Neanderthals",
      Quote: edeligor
      For a theater like Syria, that’s it!

      Such, yes, but "cheap" is no longer there. Where little or little air defense systems appear, such a "cheap" is unlikely to survive
      1. edeligor 19 March 2020 13: 56 New
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        I do not quite agree. Of course, with layered air defense without a chance. But on barmaley, with a good reservation will go. Given the speed, the flight altitude will give odds to drones.
        1. svp67 19 March 2020 14: 13 New
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          Quote: edeligor
          . But on barmaley, with a good reservation will go.

          Let's immediately make a reservation that here is such an airplane, with reservation, with a modern avionics, with an electronic warfare system, a powerful engine, it still has some chance of surviving against anti-aircraft guns of small caliber and MANPADS, but it’s not cheap. If you make it cheap, then you have to give up something, and if so, then against the MANPADS he already has few chances to survive.
  10. Butchcassidy 19 March 2020 12: 45 New
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    The question has long been raised that we have nothing to offer in this segment.
    1. svp67 19 March 2020 14: 14 New
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      Quote: ButchCassidy
      The question has long been raised that we have nothing to offer in this segment.

      It is in this, there is - an aircraft based on the Yak-130
      1. Butchcassidy 19 March 2020 15: 18 New
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        Quote: svp67
        It is in this, there is - an aircraft based on the Yak-130

        Do not drive, comrade! These are aircraft of different classes and different price levels. We do not have turboprop counterguerrilla aircraft. No from the word at all. Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft with a maximum speed of 590 km / h. The Yak-130 is turbojet and flies 2 times faster.
        1. svp67 19 March 2020 15: 28 New
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          Quote: ButchCassidy
          Do not drive, comrade!

          I didn’t think that you were to be driven somewhere, and even more so, it was necessary to drive ...
          Quote: ButchCassidy
          These are aircraft of different classes and different price levels.

          Class "light attack", what is different in them?
          Quote: ButchCassidy
          We do not have turboprop counterguerrilla aircraft.

          But if desired, there is the opportunity to produce a jet.
          Quote: ButchCassidy
          Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft with a maximum speed of 590 km / h. The Yak-130 is turbojet and flies 2 times faster.

          This only suggests that the Yak can arrive at the place of impact twice as fast and also rinse off twice as fast. And since the minimum speed at Yak is about 200 km per hour, this is if you need to look around and take a good aim.
          1. Butchcassidy 19 March 2020 16: 16 New
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            I repeat, these are different cars, designed for different purposes, with different prices for the cars themselves and their flight hours.
            1. svp67 19 March 2020 16: 31 New
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              Quote: ButchCassidy
              I repeat, these are different cars, designed for different purposes, with different prices for the cars themselves and their flight hours.

              I heard you and I think that you are wrong.
  11. svp67 19 March 2020 13: 35 New
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    US Air Force will purchase A-29 Super Tucano and AT-6 Wolverine aircraft
    And they will “give” them to Ukraine ... then, someday, maybe ...
  12. Usher 19 March 2020 14: 29 New
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    Useless trash.
  13. ydjin 19 March 2020 17: 40 New
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    Point napalm burn coronovirus light turboprop aircraft is that it? request
  14. Ham
    Ham 20 March 2020 13: 21 New
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    for civil war?