One of These Planes Could Soon Be Flying with the A-10
The U.S. Air Force has completed the initial phase of its OA-X Light Attack Experiment at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. The experiment put the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano, Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, Textron Scorpion Jet and the Air Tractor/L3 Platform AT-802L Longsword through their paces in various operational scenarios that the aircraft might face in combat. Among the scenarios were close air support, air interdiction, combat search and rescue, strike coordination and reconnaissance missions. The Air Force’s pilots used a mix of weapons generally employed by tactical aircraft for its evaluation. Among the evaluators were three Air Force test pilots from Edwards Air Force Base in California.