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#41 jambock

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Posted 24 de June de 2018 - 11:40

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Super Tucano em teste nos EUA sofre acidente
Modelo da Embraer A-29 Super Tucano participa da concorrência para fornecimento de aeronaves leves para Força Aérea dos Estados Unidos

SÃO PAULO - O avião de ataque A-29 Super Tucano, da Embraer Defesa e Segurança (EDS), caiu durante um exercício de ataque leve conduzido pela Força Aérea dos Estados Unidos (UFAF) em um campo de testes no Novo México às 11h30 de sexta-feira. Os dois tripulantes da aeronave conseguiram se ejetar e um deles teria sofrido ferimentos leves. A Embraer e a Força Aérea dos EUA confirmaram o acidente, por meio de nota.
Não há ainda informações sobre as causas do acidente, nem sobre o estado de saúde do segundo tripulante.
A queda ocorre apenas cinco semanas depois que a força aérea do país deu início à segunda série de exercícios de ataque leve. Além do Super Tucano da Embraer, os testes também estão sendo feitos com o AT-6 Wolverine, da Textron Aviation. O plano da Força Aérea americana é tomar uma decisão sobre a potencial compra de centenas de aeronaves para missões de ataque e reconhecimento, em um programa chamado OA-X. O contrato pode abranger entre 120 e 300 aviões, no longo prazo, num total de até US$ 3,5 bilhões.
A primeira fase dessa avaliação foi realizada no ano passado, permitindo que a USAF se familiarizasse com a capacidade de cada aeronave. A segunda fase teve início no mês passado com o objetivo de identificar como conectar os aviões às redes militares de inteligência e a capacidade de apoio das aeronaves em campo.
Histórico. Além dos testes nos EUA, o turboélice da Embraer também já foi utilizado em missões de fogo da Força Aérea americana no Oriente Médio, no final do ano passado.
Caso vença a concorrência, o A-29 Super Tucano vai substituir uma das aeronaves históricas dos EUA, o A-10 Warthog (Javali, em português). Pesado e eficiente, o A-10 Warthog tem 40 anos de emprego em ações de ataque ao solo. Já o A-29 Super Tucano é uma aeronave menor, mais barata e que não requer desenvolvimento para fornecer suporte a forças em terra.
A operação do pequeno Super Tucano, com peso máximo de 11 toneladas e capacidade para 1.500 quilos de armas (mais um canhão de 20 mm e duas metralhadoras .50) custa entre US$ 500 e US$ 1,5 mil por hora de voo – já a do A-10 Warthog sai por pelo menos US$ 17 mil.
Há mais que isso, porém: o avião brasileiro permanece até por sete horas voando em missão de coleta de dados de inteligência, equipado com módulos eletrônicos.
A expectativa é de que a decisão final seja tomada pela Força Aérea dos Estados Unidos até o primeiro trimestre de 2019 – uma vitória no OA-X poderia abrir o mercado militar americano para a brasileira.

Fonte: O Estado de São Paulo via CECOMSAER 24 JUN 2018



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Posted 25 de June de 2018 - 20:15

xiiiii marquinho.... Acabou a chance....



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Posted 26 de June de 2018 - 13:24

xiiiii marquinho.... Acabou a chance....

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Creio que não, face ao alto desempenho positivo da aeronave no Afeganistão. Mas que deve haver uma rigorosa investigação sobre as causas do acidente, deve.  O concorrente joga pesado...



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Posted 27 de June de 2018 - 01:16

xiiiii marquinho.... Acabou a chance....

Um avião mais do que provado em combate, envolvido um acidente que nem sabemos a causa ainda.



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Posted 27 de June de 2018 - 10:07

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Why the US Air Force should choose the A-29 in the light-attack experiment
An A-29 Super Tucano experimental aircraft flies over White Sands Missile Range, N.M., on Aug. 1, 2017. (Ethan D. Wagner/U.S. Air Force)

Rep. John Rutherford Publicado Em 22/06/2018

The U.S. Air Force this summer is edging closer to the potential procurement of an innovative light-attack aircraft. For the safety of our combat troops and the overall strategic power of our military forces, this addition to our combat capabilities cannot come fast enough.
The recent report on the U.S. service members killed in Niger last October illustrates the current challenge: Our armed forces need to provide nearly continuous combat aircraft support ― in often remote regions of the world ― without wearing out our technologically advanced aircraft needed for near-peer future fights.
For almost 17 years, the Air Force has provided consistent combat-support operations against terrorists by using advanced fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft that are expensive to fly and maintain. Following a recent mission in Afghanistan involving a fifth-generation stealth tactical fighter, a journalist asked: “Is it really necessary to use a plane that costs nearly $70,000 per hour to bomb an undefended drug factory?”
For now, the Air Force relies on high-end, expensive aircraft such as the F-35 and F-22 that should be saved for potential future fights against technologically advanced adversaries. For this other “low end“ fight, the U.S. Air Force needs an aircraft that is inexpensive to operate, easy to maintain, and can work close to the front lines in very rough environments and far from improved infrastructure. Optimally, it needs an OA-X light-attack, survivable, combat-ready, technologically advanced attack and reconnaissance aircraft that will provide our war fighters the combat air cover they need, but at a lower cost.

Because time is of the essence and national security is at stake, Air Force leaders have wisely decided that they will not pursue the same old-style, slow procurement process, spending years to determine what is optimal and then taking additional years and many millions of dollars to develop a new aircraft. As Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson stated, the nation has to “get capabilities to airmen who need them today and can’t wait two to three years for the normal acquisition process.”
Instead, the Air Force is taking existing, commercially developed, off-the-shelf combat and light-attack reconnaissance aircraft and experimenting with them in real-world conditions. This light-attack experiment is a test to see whether the Air Force can get the capabilities it needs more quickly and efficiently by making use of commercial, off-the-shelf technology.
The cost savings to the nation of deploying these aircraft would be significant: The amount of fuel it takes to keep a light-attack aircraft in the air for an hour with weapons aboard is the amount the F-15E Strike Eagle uses taxiing down the runway in six minutes.
One of the aircraft that is being evaluated — the A-29 Super Tucano ― is built in Jacksonville, Florida. It is already in combat operations in Afghanistan, Lebanon and more than 10 other allied countries around the world.
A U.S. armed forces commander stated that the A-29 combat missions in Afghanistan have been a “game-changer.”
The A-29 should be the clear choice for the Air Force. The A-29 has repeatedly proven itself, flying thousands of combat missions, accruing more than 300,000 flying hours, 40,000 of those in combat, employing weapons ― including laser-guided bombs ― against Taliban fighters and other terrorist groups. Since the A-29 is in production in Florida today for our allies, it would require little time to deploy for U.S. troops.
I support the Air Force in its innovative effort to get our war fighters what they require to succeed. This light-attack program offers a solution that protects our troops, defeats our enemies and saves our technologically advanced aircraft for the fight for which they are built.
If the Air Force wants to save money — and lives — by quickly deploying a low-cost, combat-proven aircraft that is more cost-effective against terrorists and militants than our high-end aircraft, then we should expedite the light-attack experiment and acquire the A-29 as expeditiously as possible.
Fonte:  DEFENSE NEWS.COM via CECOMSAER 27 JUN 2018



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Posted 04 de July de 2018 - 00:13

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US Air Force cancels remaining light-attack experiment flights, but effort will continue

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An A-29 Super Tucano flies over White Sands Missile Range during the first phase of the light-attack experiment, held in 2017. (Ethan D. Wagner/U.S. Air Force)
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force will not conclude the flying portion of its light-attack experiment after a June 22 aircraft crash resulted in the death of a pilot, a senior official announced Tuesday.
However, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force’s top uniformed acquisition official, stressed that the experiment is not over and that — should service leaders decide to move forward with a program of record — its acquisition wing will be ready to initiate a competition for a new plane by the end of this year.
The Air Force is “working multiple fronts so that we can put an RFP [request for proposals] out” by December, Bunch said. “So right now, we’re still progressing down that path. I’ve not pulled back on the throttle on any way, shape or form in that area right now.”
Last month’s mishap involved the A-29 Super Tucano, made by Embraer and Sierrra Nevada Corp., that was being flown in a training mission over the Red Rio Bombing Range, which is part of the White Sands Missile Range north of Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
Lt. Christopher Carey Short, a naval aviator, died in the accident while a second pilot was airlifted to the hospital with minor injuries.
“Anytime you lose an airman, you have to pause, and you have to pause and think a little bit,” Bunch told reporters.
“So the loss of Lt. Short is a critical setback for America, writ large. That is a big hit to all of us. Having said that, we were trying a different approach, we believe we’ve collected the data using the approach and I would see us using approaches similar to this in the future.”
In the wake of the crash, Air Force officials have stressed that the incident would not unduly impact the service’s deliberations about whether to procure a light-attack aircraft, which proponents argue would be able to conduct the counterterrorism mission in the Middle East at lower costs.
The cause of the A-29 mishap is under investigation by an safety investigation board, which will likely conclude its analysis within 30 days of the incident. However, the Air Force likely will not publicize the root cause of the crash until months later, when an accident investigation board report is released.
As the light-aircraft experiment continues, the service will take a “multi-pronged approach” that explores everything from the manpower and logistics tail needed to support a new light-attack plane, to possible basing options, Bunch said, and it will move forward with those efforts until directed otherwise.
It already gathered the flight test data it needs from the A-29 and its competitor, Textron’s AT-6 Wolverine, over the past month and through the first part of the experiment, held last summer, Bunch said. However, he could not immediately confirm what percentage of planned flights had been carried out.
To complete the experiment, the Air Force will gather further logistics and sustainment information from the contractors. It also plans to test a new exportable, commercial off-the-shelf network onboard surrogate aircraft to further prove out that capability.
“We got quite a bit of experimentation done in that area, we demonstrated that we could utilize it on those platforms,” he said. “Now what we’ll do is we’ll transition that onto some surrogate aircraft. We believe that is easily doable where we can collect the data off those and it will be applicable for what we’re trying to do with the light attack and coming up with an exportable network.”
The service will reschedule an event slated for July that would bring military officials from partner nations to Holloman AFB to observe the experiment.
More than 50 nations have been invited to that event, and Bunch expects that when it is rescheduled the U.S. Air Force will be able to share information about the results.
“Right now what we’re trying to pick is the right time and the right location,” he said.
Fonte: Valerie Insinna  para DefenseNews 3 JUL 2018



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Posted 10 de July de 2018 - 16:49

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USAF suspende experimento de ataque leve e pode terminar a competição mais cedo
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A-10 Thunderbolt II e A-29B Super Tucano voando juntos na mesma missão no Exercício Green Flag, em 2016
A Força Aérea dos EUA suspendeu seu experimento de ataque leve na Base Aérea de Hollomon, no Novo México, após o acidente fatal de um Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano em 22 de junho.
A USAF está examinando os dados coletados até agora na segunda fase do experimento, que durou cerca de um mês, para determinar se há informações suficientes para encerrar a concorrência mais cedo.
“A equipe do experimento está revisando os dados coletados na atual fase de experimentação, bem como as atividades experimentais do ano passado, para determinar o caminho a seguir”, disse a USAF. “A previsão para o retorno às operações de voo para o experimento ainda está por ser determinada.”
A equipe experiente de ataque leve da USAF está dando apoio ao Safety Investigation Board em sua investigação do acidente do A-29 Super Tucano. No entanto, o serviço declina para compartilhar detalhes adicionais sobre a causa suspeita do acidente.
Um piloto faleceu e outro teve ferimentos leves depois de ser ejetado da aeronave a cerca de 105 km ao norte da Base Aérea de Holloman, no Campo de Bombardeio de Red Rio.
O acidente ocorreu cerca de cinco semanas depois que a USAF iniciou a segunda fase do experimento de ataque leve em 17 de maio. A segunda fase consistia em examinar os requisitos de manutenção, o trabalho em rede com as plataformas dos aliados e os custos de voo do A-29 Super Tucano e do Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine da Textron Aviation.
A primeira fase da competição foi realizada em julho de 2017 e incluiu o jato Scorpion da Textron Aviation, embora essa aeronave tenha sido rejeitada pelo serviço para uma análise mais aprofundada na fase 2.
A USAF planeja usar dados coletados das fases do experimento para decidir se comprará centenas de aeronaves de ataque leve. A esperança é que esses caças possam ser alternativas mais baratas para o uso de aeronaves como o Lockheed Martin F-35, o Boeing F-15 ou o Fairchild Republic A-10 para missões de vigilância e ataque terrestre.
Fonte: FlightGlobal via site Poder Aéreo 4 JUL 2018



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Posted 19 de July de 2018 - 14:20

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Light Attack Experiment pode ter rascunho de RFP em semanas
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A-29 Super Tucano

 

O Jane’s noticiou que um participante do Light Attack Experiment (LAE) da Força Aérea dos EUA (USAF) espera que o serviço libere um rascunho de solicitação de proposta (RFP) em semanas e feche um contrato em abril de 2019.
O vice-presidente da Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC), Taco Gilbert, disse ao Jane’s em 18 de julho que a USAF pediu aos participantes que esperassem uma RFP em dezembro. O rascunho da RFP será a chave, uma vez que fornecerá informações sobre os pensamentos da USAF sobre quais capacidades da aeronave priorizará, à medida que for alcançando uma possível concessão de contrato. A USAF não retornou um pedido de comentário até o momento da publicação da notícia.
A parte aérea da LAE terminou no final de junho, após um acidente fatal em um SNC/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano, ocorrido em 22 de junho. O tenente da Marinha Christopher Short faleceu na queda enquanto estava no Red Rio Bombing Range.
Um outro membro da tripulação sofreu ferimentos leves e foi levado de helicóptero para um hospital local. Gilbert se recusou a comentar sobre o acidente fatal, citando uma investigação ativa do conselho de segurança.
A avaliação de manutenção do experimento continua segundo Gilbert, tarefas de manutenção mais extensas que teriam interrompido a parte de voo do experimento. Ele disse que estes incluem a instalação e remoção de motor e assento de ejeção, substituição e balanceamento de hélice. Gilbert acrescentou que o rascunho do RFP provavelmente daria uma boa indicação de quanto a USAF avaliará a facilidade de manutenção em uma aquisição potencial.
A USAF, disse Gilbert, coletou cerca de 90% dos pontos de teste do experimento antes de terminar a parte aérea. Ele acrescentou que o serviço disse que planejava coletar cada ponto de teste várias vezes durante a parte aérea do experimento.
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Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine

Fonte: site Poder Aéreo 19 JUL 2018



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Posted 20 de July de 2018 - 12:45

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Could one of these foreign aircraft be the US Air Force’s next light-attack plane?

FARNBOROUGH, England — Most analysts view the Air Force’s potential light attack aircraft competition as a face off between two longtime rivals: Textron’s AT-6 and the A-29 Super Tucano manufactured in a Sierra Nevada Corp.-Embraer partnership.

But that hasn’t stopped a number of foreign companies from showcasing their products at Farnborough Air Show as contenders for an eventual U.S. Air Force requirement for light attack planes, also known as OA-X.

Czech aerospace firm Aero Vodochody would propose two of its jet engine-powered platforms, the L-39NG trainer and the F/A-259 attack aircraft. South Africa’s Paramount Group wants to enter a new aircraft that it has called the Bronco II, after the famed OV-10 Bronco used by the U.S. military throughout the Vietnam War.

However, both companies face an uphill battle to even get their foot in the door.

For one, neither company has been involved in either of the two experimentation phases carried out at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

"We are disadvantaged,” Paramount Group Chairman Ivor Ichikowitz told Defense News during a July 18 interview at Farnborough. “At the point when the experiment started, we were just going into production with a 2018 technology airplane.”

Meanwhile, Aero Vodochody submitted its F/A-159 — an earlier version of the F/A-259 it’s now trying to promote — and was accepted into the first light attack experiment, said Giuseppe Giordo, the company’s president and CEO. However, the company didn’t have enough time to push its aircraft through the clearance process to fly in the United States.

The service hasn’t made a final decision on whether to start a program or what its exact requirements might be, but it could release a request for proposals as soon as December for a contract award by the end of fiscal 2019, said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the service’s top uniformed acquisition official, during a July 7 news conference.

However, it’s possible the service could limit a future competition to only the AT-6 and A-29 — and leaders seem to be leaning in that direction.

“The whole way we got to where we’re at, we put out an invitation to participate, and we only had two that met all of the criteria that we were looking for,” Bunch said. “We experimented with those, and they performed well enough that we did another phase, and those are the only two that we invited in [for phase two]. So at this point right now I’m seeing it as a competition between two airplanes.”

That hasn’t deterred executives at Aero Vodochody and Paramount from pushing their platforms as potential OA-X contenders.

“We are expecting you to have, obviously, a competition,” Giordo said. “The reality is that — following the U.S. federal acquisition regulations — they will open any competition they will have and give time to test the L-259 and the L-39NG.”

Giordo’s assessment of the situation doesn’t necessarily reflect the actuality of the U.S. acquisition law. The U.S. military can and has limited the number of competitors for specific programs. For instance, the Navy’s MQ-25 tanker drone competition has been restricted to four U.S. manufacturers.

The companies also face significant hurdles due to the design of the planes themselves. During the light attack experiment, the Air Force has gravitated toward off-the-shelf turboprop aircraft designed with ejection seats that can be outfitted to carry a variety of sensors and weapons.

“Without giving numbers, the operating cost per flight hour in our platform is almost the same as a turboprop,” he said. “Obviously we have much more endurance. Obviously we have much more range, and obviously in terms of payload capability, we can have a much bigger payload capability.”

The Bronco II, a turboprop aircraft, looks more akin to the AT-6 and A-29. However, it is still unproven. An earlier iteration of the plane — known as the Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft or AHRLAC — first flew in 2014, and Ichikowitz said the militarized version of the AHRLAC — called Mwari — is in production for undisclosed customers.

But the first Bronco II, which is a version of the Mwari built for the U.S. market, won’t come off the production line until this year. Then it will transfer to the United States for “fit and finish,” Ichikowitz said.

That could be around the same point the U.S. Air Force is ready to start a competition,

Both Aero Vodochody and Paramount Group are very conscious of President Donald Trump’s Buy American rhetoric. A key part of their sales strategy revolves around promising to bring production of the aircraft to the United States and highlighting the potential for new job opportunities and construction projects.

"The airplane will be produced in the United States. It will have an excess of 75 percent U.S. content. It talks completely to the president’s ‘Made in America’ strategy,” said Ichikowitz, who declined to comment on which U.S. company will produce it.

“It’s important to note that we are not specifically fielding the Bronco II in America only for OA-X. The OA-X program is a big program, it’s a complicated program, it’s already quite advanced, and we see many other use cases for the airplane besides OA-X,” he said, citing opportunities in the special operations and border patrol communities.

If selected as the winner for OA-X, Aero Vodochody would also build its L-39 or F/A-259 aircraft in the United States, said Giordo. It plans to announce a U.S. prime contractor at the same time the Air Force launches a competition, and that firm would not only be responsible for overseeing the production aspects of the aircraft but also the logistics and sustainment services.

“We will produce the aircraft in the United States of America, but we have also to consider the transition of the production capability that will not add risk to the program,” he said.

Giordo believes Aero could stand up a U.S. production facility in about a year and would manufacture the first 14 or so aircraft in the Czech Republic before transitioning to the U.S. line

Fonte: Valerie Insinna para Defense News via CECOMSAER 20 JUL 2018



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Posted 07 de August de 2018 - 11:07

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The light attack aircraft competition will be down to two competitors

 

WASHINGTON — The Air Force is preparing to begin buying light attack aircraft next year — and the winner is going to be either Textron’s AT-6 Wolverine or the Sierra Nevada Corp.-Embraer A-29 Super Tucano.

According to a pre-solicitation posted on FedBizOpps on Aug. 3, the service will put out a final request for proposals to the two competitors in December with the hopes of awarding a contract by the end of September 2019.

However, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told Defense News on Monday that service leaders have not yet made a final decision on whether to green-light a program of record. Should that happen, the pre-solicitation will ensure that the service can move as quickly as it would like to eventually procure new planes, she said.

If the new weapons program moves forward, it appears the service will limit the competition to the two aircraft currently involved in the service’s light attack experiment. The pre-solicitation states that SNC and Textron Aviation `are the only firms that appear to possess the capability necessary to meet the requirement within the Air Force`s time frame without causing an unacceptable delay in meeting the needs of the warfighter.`

The Air Force’s decision to only consider the A-29 and AT-6 had been foreshadowed by officials like Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, its top uniformed acquisition officer, who repeatedly stated that the service would likely limit a competition to those two participants.

"The whole way we got to where we’re at, we put out an invitation to participate, and we only had two that met all of the criteria that we were looking for", Bunch said in July. "We experimented with those, and they performed well enough that we did another phase, and those are the only two that we invited in [for phase two]. So at this point right now I’m seeing it as a competition between two airplanes".

However, the determination pours cold water on several potential competitors who either didn’t make it to the second phase of the experiment — like the AT-802L Longsword built by L3 Technologies and Air Tractor — or foreign firms like Czech aerospace manufacturer Aero Vodochody or South Africa’s Paramount Group, which had hoped the U.S. Air Force would run a full and open competition.

Air Force officials in favor of buying new light attack aircraft believe investing in low-cost, off-the-shelf planes will yield longterm cost savings, as those aircraft will be able to accomplish low-end missions at a lower cost per flight hour compared to the fourth and fifth-generation fighters currently operating in the Middle East.

`We must develop the capacity to combat violent extremism at lower cost,` Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a statement released Monday afternoon. `Today’s Air Force is smaller than the nation needs and the light attack aircraft offers an option to increase the Air Force capacity beyond what we now have in our inventory or budget.`

Service leaders are also hopeful that, if the U.S. Air Force signs on to buy light attack planes, other countries engaged in the counterterrorism fight may also join in on the buy, lowing the price per plane for all customers and making it easier for their militaries to cooperate during coalition missions.

`It is important to look at the light attack aircraft through the lens of allies and partners,` said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein in a statement. `An interoperable light attack aircraft that delivers common architecture and intelligence-sharing network capabilities will enhance our collective ability to compete, deter and win across all domains.`

The pre-solicitation release follows the conclusion of the final leg of experiments between the AT-6 and A-29. Both planes began a series of flight demonstrations at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., this May.

However, after an A-29 crash resulted in the death of a naval aviator flying the plane, the Air Force cancelled the rest of the planned flights. A spokeswoman said then that about 90 percent of the flying portion of the experiment had been completed before the mishap.

Since then, Textron and SNC have submitted additional maintenance data to the Air Force.

Michael Rambo, Textron’s director of defense sales, said the company had delivered most of the required information as of July 14 and that it was standing by to hear whether it could provide any further support as the Air Force conducted additional tests of a network on which the light attack aircraft would run.

`The airplanes that we had out there were very successful in demonstrating some of that network capability, so as the Air Force continues to refine it, we’re standing ready to assist them in that refinement,` he said.

Fonte: Valerie Insinna para Defense News via CECOMSAER 7 AGO 2018



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Posted 12 de August de 2018 - 22:19

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USAF envia rascunho de RFP para Aeronave de Ataque Leve
ARLINGTON, Va. — A Força Aérea dos EUA enviou um rascunho de pedido de proposta para o avião de ataque leve para a Sierra Nevada/Embraer e a Textron Aviation após a conclusão da segunda fase do Light Attack Experiment.

Este é o primeiro passo no trabalho com a indústria para a liberação final do RFP, que é esperada para dezembro de 2018. Os oficiais de aquisição da USAF indicaram que há itens que ainda precisam ser finalizados antes do lançamento do RFP final, mas é prudente começar o diálogo com a indústria, a fim de ajustar o RFP, conforme apropriado, a fim de cumprir os cronogramas.
“Precisamos desenvolver a capacidade de combater o extremismo violento a um custo menor”, disse a secretária da Força Aérea Heather Wilson. “A Força Aérea de hoje é menor do que a nação precisa, e a Light Attack Aircraft oferece uma opção para aumentar a capacidade da Força Aérea além do que temos agora em nosso estoque ou orçamento.”
Wilson disse que no ano passado a Força Aérea concluiu dois experimentos em vôo e redigiu o pedido de proposta da Light Attack Aircraft.
“Estamos onde estamos hoje porque o Congresso e nossos parceiros do setor entenderam a necessidade de encontrar maneiras de obter recursos para nossos combatentes mais rapidamente”, disse ela.
Os pilotos voaram no Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano e no Textron Aviation AT-6B Wolverine neste verão como um experimento de voo ao vivo para coletar informações adicionais sobre as capacidades das aeronaves, bem como a interoperabilidade de país parceiro, antes de uma potencial compra de ataque leve.
“É importante olhar para a aeronave de ataque leve através das lentes dos aliados e parceiros”, disse o chefe da equipe da Força Aérea, General David L. Goldfein. “Uma aeronave de ataque leve interoperável que forneça arquitetura comum e recursos de rede de compartilhamento de inteligência aumentará nossa capacidade coletiva de competir, deter e vencer em todos os domínios.”
Fonte: Força Aérea dos EUA via site Poder Aéreo 11 ago 2018



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Posted 28 de August de 2018 - 15:40

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Novo avião de ataque leve da USAF acelera em direção ao combate
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A-29 Super Tucano

Por Kris Osborn | Warrior Maven
A Força Aérea dos Estados Unidos (USAF) entrou na próxima fase no desenvolvimento de uma nova aeronave de ataque leve pronta para o combate projetada para manobrar perto do terreno, apoiar operações de combate terrestres e operar de perto com aliados dos EUA em um cenário de guerra irregular.
O serviço agora está entrando em uma fase de proposta para sua nova aeronave, projetada para levar a um contrato de produção até o próximo ano.
Os aviões de ataque leve são otimizados para contra-insurgência e outros tipos de guerra, em locais em que a Força Aérea dos EUA tem predominância aérea. Dado este escopo de missão, os aviões não se destinam a espelhar os atributos de velocidade, armamento ou stealth de um caça de 5ª geração – mas oferecem ao serviço uma opção de ataque efetiva contra inimigos terrestres como insurgentes que não apresentam uma ameaça aérea.
“Precisamos desenvolver a capacidade de combater o extremismo violento a um custo menor”, disse a secretária da USAF, Heather Wilson, em um relatório da Força Aérea. “A USAF de hoje é menor do que a nação precisa e a Aeronave de Ataque Leve oferece uma opção para aumentar a capacidade da Força Aérea além do que temos agora em nossa frota ou orçamento.”
O conceito de combate aqui, se a Força Aérea se envolver em um conflito substancial com um grande adversário tecnicamente avançado, seria utilizar ataque furtivo e avançados caças da 5ª geração para estabelecer superioridade aérea – antes de enviar aeronaves leves em uma área hostil para apoiar manobras terrestres e potencialmente disparar armas de precisão em alvos terrestres de perto.
Após uma experiência inicial com aeronaves de ataque leve da Força Aérea no ano passado, que incluiu avaliações de algumas opções disponíveis no mercado, a USAF simplificou sua abordagem e entrou na segunda fase do programa. A segunda fase incluiu avaliações de voo “live-fly” da aeronave em uma ampla gama de cenários de combate. O serviço escolheu continuar testando dois dos concorrentes anteriores em sua primeira fase – o AT-6 Wolverine da Textron Aviation e o Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano.
Uma solicitação formal da Força Aérea dos EUA especifica que tanto a Textron quanto a Sierra Nevada agora ajudarão a elaborar documentos de proposta para a aeronave.
“A Light Attack Aircraft fornecerá uma aeronave acessível, sem necessidade de desenvolvimento, destinada a operar globalmente nos tipos de ambientes de Guerra Irregular que caracterizaram as operações de combate nos últimos 25 anos”, diz o pedido da USAF.
A aeronave emergente é concebida como um avião de baixo custo, construído comercialmente e capaz de combater, capaz de executar uma ampla gama de missões em um ambiente menos desafiador ou mais permissivo.
A ideia é economizar tempo de missão para caças mais caros e capazes, como um F-15 ou F-22, quando uma alternativa pode executar as missões de ataque ar-terra necessárias – como os recentes ataques ao ISIS.
Os oficiais da Força Aérea forneceram esses parâmetros de avaliação da Light Attack Aircraft para o site Warrior Maven, durante a fase de análise após o experimento do último verão:
• Ataque básico de superfície – Avaliar a precisão do impacto usando os critérios hit/miss de bomba guiada a laser e foguetes guiados/não guiados
• Close Air Support (CAS) – Avaliar a capacidade de localizar, travar, rastrear alvos e engajar alvos operacionais simulados durante a comunicação com o Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC)
• Daytime Ground Assault Force (GAF) – avaliar a autonomia da aeronave, alcance, capacidade de se comunicar com as forças terrestres por meio de rádio inseguro e seguro e receba atualizações táticas
• Rescue Escort (RESCORT) – Avaliar a carga de trabalho do piloto para operar junto com um helicóptero, receber atualizações de área e direcionar dados, empregar foguetes balísticos, não guiados/guiados e munições guiadas a laser
• CAS noturno – Avaliar a carga de trabalho do piloto para encontrar, corrigir, rastrear, direcionar e engajar alvos operacionais
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Embraer A-29 Super Tucano
A-29 Super Tucano
Pilotos da Força Aérea Afegã treinados pelos EUA têm atacado o Talibã com o avião A-29 Super Tucano.
Os A-29 são aviões turboélice podem ser armados com um canhão de 20 mm abaixo da fuselagem capaz de disparar 650 tiros por minuto, uma metralhadora de 12,7 mm (FN Herstal) sob cada asa e até quatro Dillon Aero M134 Minigun de 7,62 mm, capazes de disparar até 3.000 tiros por minuto.
Os Super Tucanos também são equipados com foguetes de 70 mm, mísseis ar-ar, como o AIM-9L Sidewinder, armas ar-terra, como o AGM-65 Maverick e bombas guiadas com precisão. Também pode usar um telêmetro a laser e armas guiadas a laser.
O Super Tucano é uma aeronave de ataque leve altamente manobrável capaz de operar em altas temperaturas e terrenos acidentados. Tem 11,38 metros de comprimento e uma envergadura de 11,14 metros; seu peso máximo de decolagem é de 5.400 kg. A aeronave tem um raio de combate de 300 milhas náuticas, pode atingir velocidades de até 367 mph e atinge alcances de até 720 milhas náuticas.
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Textron Aviation AT-6
O Textron Aviation AT-6 é a outra aeronave de ataque leve multi-função que está sendo analisada pela Força Aérea.
Ele usa um computador de missão Lockheed A-10C e um cockpit de vidro CMC Esterline com sistemas de gerenciamento de voo combinados com um conjunto multiesensor L3 Wescam MX-Ha15Di que fornece sensores de cor e infravermelho, tecnologia de designação a laser e telêmetro a laser.
A aeronave é equipada com uma manete de F-16 e também usa um HUD SparrowHawk com navegação integrada e entrega de armas, de acordo com as informações da Textron Aviation.
Fonte: Fox News via site Poder Aéreo 27 ago 2018


Edited by jambock, 28 de August de 2018 - 15:45 .


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Posted 06 de November de 2018 - 17:05

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Reserve maintainers take part in Air Force light attack experiment

By Tech. Sgt. Bob Jennings, 442d Fighter Wing Public Affairs
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Senior Master Sgt. Scott Lopez, the maintenance superintendent for the 476th Maintenance Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and Tech. Sgt. Lauren Camarena, an electrical and environmental systems craftsman with the 476 MXS, pose with an A-29 Super Tucano October 25, 2018, at Moody AFB. They took part in the Air Force's light attack experiment at Holloman AFB, N.M., to help determine what airframe would best suit the Air Force's needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bob Jennings)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) --
It’s not every day a pair of Reserve Citizen Airman maintainers get to help shape the future of the Air Force, but events like the recent light attack experiment can provide the opportunity.

Senior Master Sgt. Scott Lopez, 476th Maintenance Squadron maintenance superintendent at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, and Tech. Sgt. Lauren Camarena, an electrical and environmental systems craftsman with the 476th MXS, travelled to Holloman AFB, New Mexico, for two months earlier this year to take part in phase two of the experiment.

The experiment tested the capabilities and maintainability of the AT-6 Wolverine and the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to determine which plane would best fit the Air Force’s needs in a close-air-support role.

The AT-6 is a variant of the Beechcraft T-6 Texan training aircraft currently in use by the U.S. Air Force and Navy. The A-29 is in service in multiple countries around the world.

The planes flew multiple times a day, testing things like reliability, ease of maintenance and cost to operate while 26 Air Force maintainers watched and documented.

Lopez worked as the maintenance superintendent of the team observing the A-29. His active-duty counterpart, Senior Master Sgt. Ron Dedman from the 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, led the AT-6 observation team. Camarena served as an observer, watching directly as civilian teams worked on the Super Tucano.

“The focus on the maintenance piece was huge,” said Camarena. “It’s like the Air Force said ‘let’s look at this plane before we buy it.’”

The Airmen were not allowed to actually touch any of the maintenance during the experiment. More importantly, they were told not to express any opinions.

“We’re both very open and expressive people,” said Lopez. “So we really had to be careful. We really toed that line.”

Each member of the observation teams signed a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting the sharing of information between the AT-6 and the A-29 teams.

“My team did their thing, their team did their thing,” he said. “We were completely separated. And we just observed maintenance.”

During the experiment, Lopez led his total force team as they documented more than 170 training missions flown in the A-29, including working with three allied special operations forces to train more than a dozen foreign joint terminal attack controllers.

“This was a joint operation,” said Lopez. Pilots selected for the experiment included Airmen, Marines, and naval aviators. He also touted the combined operations with allied nations.

“It was an awesome opportunity,” he said.

The team gave the Secretary of the Air Force over 30,000 critical data points from their inspection data sheets. They compiled those sheets into weekly action reports to keep the SECAF apprised of the experiment’s progress.

Data collection, while the primary purpose of the experiment, was just the beginning.

The team also, in conjunction with the 49th Wing Weapons Standardization Section, certified Air Combat Command’s first munitions-load-qualified joint-service aircrew. They poured over more than 200 maintenance manuals and provided recommendations to build up the Air Force’s maintenance capability for the OA-X project.

At the end of the experiment, the team built manning plans for three different scenarios – operations at home station, deployed and at a forward operating base.

“It was three different scenarios, three different sets of numbers,” said Camarena, “and we all had to agree.”

They also used their observations and their expertise to create inspection criteria, technical data concepts and a structured concept of operations for the both the A-29 and the AT-6. They developed tactics, techniques and procedures that will be used to help shape the maintenance portion of the Air Force’s light attack capability.

The observation teams sat in on daily flying schedule meetings to prepare them for the potential maintenance ahead and working with the operations team to ensure they had the most access possible to the maintenance that was going on.

“The ops and maintenance relationship out there was second to none,” Lopez said. “It was really unmatched.”

Lopez said the collaboration helped expand his knowledge of scheduling practices and the command structure and language used in ACC, as opposed to Air Force Reserve Command.

He now incorporates that broader awareness into the Total Force Integration efforts between the 476th Fighter Group and the 23d Wing at Moody AFB. The 476th FG is a geographically separated unit of the 442d Fighter Wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri.

“I think I brought back more of an understanding of close air support,” Camarena, a former C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft mechanic, said. “Coming off a heavy aircraft and you’re bringing people down to the fight – this one, you’re actually in the fight and seeing what they actually do every day and why they need to do what they do.”

The results of the light attack experiment haven’t yet been released, but Lopez expects a decision to be made in either December 2018 or January 2019. No matter which aircraft is ultimately chosen, the part these two Reserve Citizen Airmen played in the process will be felt for decades to come.

“It’s an honor to be a part of that,” Camarena said. “To kind of say ‘Hey, we helped pick this aircraft for the Air Force.’”

Fonte: https://www.af.mil/N...ack-experiment/


Edited by jambock, 06 de November de 2018 - 19:04 .


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Posted 15 de November de 2018 - 08:01

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USAF demonstra data link internacional AERONET para aeronaves leves de ataque (A-29 Super Tucano e AT-6 Wolverine)

http://forum.contato...eves-de-ataque/