The U.S. Air Force has invited a team composed ofÂ Sierra NevadaÂ and Embraer‘s defense and security business to participateÂ in the service branch’s OA-X light attack aircraft demonstrationÂ in July at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
Sierra NevadaÂ said Friday theÂ two companies will jointly showcase theÂ A-29 Super TucanoÂ light air support aircraft at theÂ OA-XÂ assessment.
OA-X will informÂ the Air Force’sÂ plans toÂ acquire a new, non-developmental light attack aircraft that could carry outÂ close air support and other missions in permissive and semi-permissive environments as well as addressÂ costs associated with fighter pilot training.
A-29 is manufactured in Florida and designed to perform a range of fighter missions as well as intelligence, surveillance andÂ reconnaissanceÂ operations.
Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, said that the military branch has given companiesÂ permission to announce that they have been invited to participate in the demonstration, DoD Buzz reported Monday.
Other event participants includeÂ Textron‘s AirLand business, which will presentÂ the Scorpion jet, andÂ a team comprisedÂ ofÂ Raytheon and Textron’s Beechcraft unit, which will showcase theÂ AT-6B Wolverine aircraft, the report stated.
Bunch told reporters the Air Force looksÂ to sign anÂ other transactions authority to inform companies that they need to pay and shareÂ costs under the OA-X program.
He added that the Air Force expects to complete the first phase of demonstration and data analysis by the end of the year, DoD Buzz reported.