SPARKS, Nev., May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of their bid to supply aircraft, training and support for the United States Air Force's Light Air Support (LAS) mission, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer have launched a new website – www.BuiltForTheMission.com – to highlight the capabilities of the A-29 Super Tucano and how its selection benefits the warfighter and the U.S. economy. The A-29 Super Tucano will be built in Jacksonville, FL by American employees and with parts from American companies. Aircraft training will be provided in Clovis, NM. More than 60 U.S. suppliers in 19 states will supply parts or services for this contract. At least 1,200 U.S. jobs will be supported through this contract.
"Selection of the A-29 Super Tucano is a win for the mission, a win for the warfighter, and a win for the American companies and American workers who will contribute to the process," said Taco Gilbert, SNC's Vice President of ISR Business Development. "SNC teamed with Embraer to offer the Super T because it is the single best combat-proven platform for the LAS mission."
The LAS mission requires a non-developmental solution that provides the versatility, engagement, and persistence that the warfighter needs in a counterinsurgency environment, at a significantly lower cost. That aircraft must offer intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) support; deliver a wide variety of munitions (including precision guided weapons); and operate in extremely rugged terrain and austere conditions.
Developed for defense and security operations in the jungles of the Amazon River Basin where runaways are often improvised in a very austere environment, the A-29 Super Tucano is a light attack plane built specifically for counterinsurgency missions. Combat proven, the over 150 units now in operation around the globe have logged over 16,000 combat hours with no combat losses. An exceptional light attack and trainer aircraft, it is employed by five air forces across the globe and on order with others -- excelling in the LAS mission every day. The Super T's low operational cost makes long, complex counterinsurgency missions possible for a fraction of the cost of jets.