Quote: "The US Air Force will probably have to restart its Light Air Support (LAS) programme, the service's top civilian official told Congress on 6 March.
'This is an urgent need from our Afghan partners,' air force secretary Michael Donley told the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. It is very likely we will need to go back and start from scratch on this source selection'."
Quoting bennett123 (Reply 2): Given that the US is out of Afghanistan in 2014(?) do the USAF want/need this type.
Might have more to do with FX-2.....
Quote: "The service has started an internal investigation, led by Air Force Materiel Command chief Gen Donald Hoffmann, to determine if there was any wrongdoing. USAF chief Gen Norton Schwartz said last week that there would be 'hell to pay' if any misconduct was discovered.
The Brazilian government, which the USA has been trying to court as an ally, has reacted angrily. However, after the US said it was still interested in the Super Tucano, the two sides have reopened negotiations."
There may be a bit of sense in this proposal after all.....
Quote: "The US Air Force has awarded Sierra Nevada and partner Embraer a $427 million firm fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to supply the Afghan air force with 20 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft. The award brings to a close a long-running battle between Sierra Nevada/Embraer and Beechcraft to secure the Light Air Support tender."
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3079 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2745 times:
While I do love the Super Tucano and would be good for places like Afghanistan, with all the spending cuts and sequester in the U.S. - the US public opinion wouldn't be too favorable for a new contract especially for a non US built plane - unless Embraer was planning on building it in Melbourne FL with their Phenom jets
I don't think the issue will be that's it's a non US company, which they are going to be built in Jacksonville BTW. The issue will be why is the US paying for planes they are just going to give away in the first place...
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3079 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2415 times:
Quoting flightsimer (Reply 8): I don't think the issue will be that's it's a non US company, which they are going to be built in Jacksonville BTW. The issue will be why is the US paying for planes they are just going to give away in the first place...
Good point - that is a big reason we are in this kind of debt to begin with. We gave F-16s to Pakistan and in the past we have given weapons to other countries that are now our enemies. For example - the Reagan Administration gave those SAM launchers to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets in the 80s and now they are using them against Americans.