Sierra Nevada to supply A-29 Super Tucano to US Air Force Special Operations Command

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Sierra Nevada to supply A-29 Super Tucano to US Air Force Special Operations Command
A-29 light attack aircraft

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced today it will deliver an additional A-29 Super Tucano for the Combat Aviation Advisor (CAA) mission of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

The aircraft will be the third A-29 light attack combat and reconnaissance aircraft delivered under the existing contract, which was announced earlier this year.

"Sierra Nevada Corp., Fort Walton Beach, Florida, has been awarded an undefinitized contract action with a not-to-exceed (NTE) of $128,998,320 contract for light attack aircraft. This contract provides for two light attack aircraft with associated contractor support and sparing. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 23, 2024," the Pentagon said in a statement on February 26, 2020.

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.

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.

Last month, the first A-29 for the Nigerian Air Force successfully completed its inaugural flight at the Jacksonville production facility.

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