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Hawker Beechcraft spent over $100 million on what?!

In one of the more perplexing turns we’ve witnessed on the defence beat, the US Air Force has apparently dismissed the Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 from consideration for the light air support (LAS) programme several months after receiving the company’s bid and only days before a scheduled contract award. And we don’t know why. Beechcraft says […]

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Is Hawker Beechcraft an American company?

Loren Thompson argues in a blog last week there are two competitors for the US Air Force contract for a light attack armed reconnaissance (LAAR) aircraft: “An American plane made by Hawker Beechcraft designated the AT-6, and a Brazilian plane made by Embraer designated the EMB-314.”This is a bad thing, according to Thompson. “The fact […]

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VIDEO: Super Tucano on takeoff

Embraer has released video showing a critical moment of the Super Tucano’s recent demonstration to the US Air Force. As Embraer competes against the Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 for a USAF contract, the Super Tucano showed that it can take off from a dirt strip — and bounce over a criss-crossing concrete runway. The demonstration was […]

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VIDEO: Super Tucano’s case to become USAF’s next fighter

In Fort Lauderdale on Monday, Embraer and new partner Sierra Nevada showed off a Super Tucano that had just completed flight demonstrations for the US Air Force. The light-strike turboprop is bidding for the light air support (LAS) contract against the Lockheed Martin/Hawker Beechcraft AT-6. This particular Super Tucano was on loan to the manufacturer […]

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Alenia eyes ‘son of Yak’ for USAF light attack fighter

For calling the M-346 jet trainer the ‘son of Yak’, neither Alenia nor Aermacchi may ever forgive me. But, in my defense, the M-346 is a westernized and updated version of the Yak-130 originally produced by the Yakovlev/Aermacchi joint venture in the early 1990s.Now, this descendant of Soviet aeronautical skills could become Alenia’s bid for […]

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Schwartz: USAF needs to consider “light strike” fighter

US Air Force chief Gen Norton Schwartz appeared this morning at the Brookings Institute to address the USAF’s role in irregular warfare.During the question and answer period, I asked Schwartz if the USAF needs a different aircraft for the irregular warfare mission, and also if he could specifically address the manned turboprop class, such as […]

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New fad: fishing for counter-insurgency aircraft partners

Why is Northrop Grumman a prime contractor for a fishing boat company (see here)? The answer is: because they’re not stupid. “Need some air cover?” (Source: DOD) Irregular warfare is a growth market, and converting fishing boats into riverine patrol veseels could soon be a booming business with the US Navy, which is standing up […]

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