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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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USAF officially launches light attack fighter comeback

The US Air Force has issued a request for information to identify sources that can supply 100 new fighters to perform light attack and armed reconnaissance roles. Air Combat Command released a request for information on July 27 that calls for first aircraft deliveries to start in Fiscal 2012 and the first operational squadron to […]

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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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Brazil solicits Tom Cruise as turboprop fighter pitch-man?

Fictional Top Gun graduate Tom Cruise is being recruited by Brazil’s Ministry of Defense to hock Embraer Super Tucanos on the international market, according to Brazilian media today. Really:  According to thenewspaper “The Day”, Nelson Jobim, Minister of Defense, called the starto fly a Tucano on a possible return to Brazil. IfCruise agrees, it will […]

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Embraer slams ‘suspicious payment’ article on Super Tucano sale

The Brazilian magazine Veja (“See”) reports an alleged intrigue by Embraer. According to the magazine’s blog, Maria Juliana Buendia de La Vega has hired a law firm in Brazil, seeking an $18 million bonus from Embraer for her part in winning a major contract — a 2005 sale to Colombia for 24 Super Tucano fighter/trainers. […]

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Six years later, the Iraqi Air Force re-arms

The Iraqi Air Force has operated since 2003 with a motley mix of small aircraft, but nary a bullet, bomb or missile. According to the latest quarterly report released today by the US military, that situation may have already changed.The IqAF re-acquires the ability to strike targets on the ground in “early 2009″ with the […]

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