September 26, 2014
Sierra Nevada Corporation & Embraer roll-out first U.S. built A-29 Super Tucano for USAF Light Air Support (LAS) program
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defense & Security presented the first United States-built A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft. The aircraft, which also performs as an outstanding advanced trainer, is the first of 20 that are being delivered to the U.S. Air Force for its Light Air Support (LAS) program to support the stability of Afghanistan as it assumes increased responsibility for security with the redeployment of NATO forces. On Feb. 27th, 2013 the U.S. Air Force awarded the LAS contract to SNC to supply 20 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft as well as ground training devices, pilot and maintenance training and logistic support. The aircraft will be used to provide light air support, reconnaissance and training capabilities to the Afghanistan military.