In an agreement with the U.S. Air Force, global aerospace and national security contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) will deliver an additional A-29 Super Tucano for the Combat Aviation Advisor (CAA) mission for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The aircraft will be the third A-29 delivered under the existing contract, which was announced earlier this year.
The undefinitized contracting action by the U.S. Air Force is for SNC, as prime contractor, and its partner, Embraer Defense & Security, to deliver a third A-29 aircraft, as well as ground support equipment, pilot training (including difference training and instructor pilot upgrade training), contractor logistic support, aircraft sparing, and sustainment for AFSOC’s CAA mission, which helps build international partner capacity.
Production of the first two A-29s under this contract is currently underway in Jacksonville, Florida, with planned delivery of the three aircraft in 2021. Training and support activities continue through 2024.
The A-29 is a light attack combat and reconnaissance aircraft that has been selected by 15 partner air forces around the world to deliver cost-effective close air support and reconnaissance capabilities.
In April, the first A-29 for the Nigerian Air Force successfully completed its inaugural flight at the Jacksonville production facility.