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Friday, March 1, 2013

Embraer, SNC Win USAF Light Air Support Contract

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) selected the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano for its $427.5 million light air support contract (LAS).

Embraer said the contract is an order for 20 A-29 Super Tucanos to conduct advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance and light air support operations, and will be supplied in partnership with Sparks, Nev.-based Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) as the prime contractor.

SNC said the LAS program is “vital” to the United States’ withdrawal strategy in Afghanistan.

“The Light Air Support program is essential to the United States’ objectives in Afghanistan and to our national security,” said Taco Gilbert, vice president of integrated tactical solutions at SNC.

Under the contract, SNC and Embraer will also supply the air force with the following; one computer based trainer, basic aviation training device, flight training device, six mission planning stations, six mission debrief systems, long lead spares for interim contractor support, outside the continental United States base activation, site surveys, flight certification to U.S. Air Force military type certification standards, and data.

The two companies said the A-29s selected for the LAS program will be built in Jacksonville, Fla.

According to the Department of Defense, the indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery contract is worth up to $950 million, with delivery expected to operational air bases in Afghanistan beginning in the summer of 2014. More

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