Home / DoD / USAF Begins Light Attack Experiment’s Second Phase; Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch Comments

USAF Begins Light Attack Experiment’s Second Phase; Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch Comments

The U.S. Air Force has initiated the second phase of its light-attack experiment at Holloman AF Base in New Mexico to further examine aircraft capacities and potential interoperability with allies.

USAF said Monday pilots participating in the three-month experiment have started flying the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from a Sierra NevadaEmbraer team and the AT-6B Wolverine plane from Textron‘s aviation business.

“This second phase of experimentation is about informing the rapid procurement process as we move closer to investing in light attack,” said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy at USAF’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition.

Bunch added he believes adopting such aircraft to support “permissive” combat missions will help the service branch to increase the availability of fourth- and fifth-generation platforms for real combat training and operations.

The service also seeks to determine how it can conduct light attack operations alongside coalition partners in the future as part of the National Defense Strategy.

USAF used four aircraft models during the first phase of the experiment that occurred in August 2017.

Check Also

GAO: Air Force to Deploy New Combat Rescue Helicopters to Active Component by FY 2020

The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force intends to start fielding in fiscal 2020 new Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters that have recorded the most flight time when it comes to staff recovery missions. GAO said in a report published Thursday the service will initially deploy the new helicopters to the active component six years ahead of the reserve component and to the Air National Guard by 2027.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *