Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano

February 22, 2012 - 3:05pm
Hawker Beechcraft AT-6

In what turned out to be his last days as CEO of Hawker Beechcraft, Bill Boisture cranked up to thunderous his company’s response to the Air Force’s awarding its light air support contract to Sierra Nevada and its partner, Brazilian OEM Embraer.

January 24, 2012 - 10:33am

When the U.S. Air Force announced on December 22 that it had selected Sierra Nevada and its Brazilian partner Embraer as the winner in the competition to build a light air support aircraft, not everyone was happy, in particular Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft, a competitor for the same contract.

January 10, 2012 - 3:05pm

In light of Hawker Beechcraft’s pending litigation over award of a light attack aircraft contract to competitor Sierra Nevada, the U.S. Air Force has issued a temporary stop-work order. Hawker Beechcraft filed suit after learning that the GAO had dismissed its protest over exclusion from the bidding.

January 6, 2012 - 9:55am
Super Tucano

Brazil’s Embraer and its U.S. partner, Sierra Nevada Corp., confirmed that the A-29 Super Tucano won the U.S. Air Force Light Air Support (LAS) competition. Hawker Beechcraft continued to protest the decision, by appealing to the Court of Federal Claims, and the Air Force issued a stop work order this week, just days after Sierra Nevada was awarded a $355 million contract for an initial 20 aircraft, as well as training equipment and support.

January 3, 2012 - 3:10pm

After the U.S. Air Force awarded a $1 billion light attack aircraft contract last week to Sparks, Nev.-based systems integrator Sierra Nevada and its partner, Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, Hawker Beechcraft described the process as “yet another example of the Air Force’s lack of transparency through this competition.” The decision eliminated Hawker Beechcraft’s AT-6 in favor of Embraer’s A-29 Super Tucano, both of which are high-performance, single-engine turboprop aircraft developed from military trainers.

November 25, 2011 - 8:50am
AT-6

The U.S. Air Force has apparently chosen the Embraer Super Tucano to meet the Light Air Support (LAS) requirement.

October 24, 2011 - 8:50am
AT-6 Weapons Launch

Hawker Beechcraft completed a series of weapons delivery tests from its AT-6 light attack and reconnaissance aircraft, dropping eight laser-guided bombs as part of an ongoing operational assessment by the U.S. Ai

February 4, 2011 - 5:45am
Embraer has teamed with Sierra Nevada to offer the Super Tucano as a contende...

Flight evaluations of the two contenders for the U.S. Air Forceπs Light Air Support contract were completed late last week at Kirtland AFB, N.M. Embraer has teamed with U.S.-based Sierra Nevada to offer the Super Tucano. Hawker Beechcraft has partnered with Lockheed Martin to offer the AT-6.

November 19, 2010 - 8:13am
The Indonesian air force has ordered eight Embraer Super Tucanos and will beg...

Embraer has sold eight Super Tucano turboprops to the Indonesian air force. The aircraft will replace aging OV-10 Broncos in the light attack role, although Embraer notes that the Super Tucano can also perform surveillance and air-to-air interception. The value of the deal, which also includes ground support and an integrated logistics package, was not revealed. Deliveries will begin in 2012.

November 12, 2009 - 9:33pm

In late July the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command issued a request for information for what it calls the light attack/armed reconnaissance (LAAR) aircraft. The RFI covers the potential procurement of 100 OA-X aircraft optimized for irregular warfare missions, which could see the U.S. Air Force back in the business

 
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