Light Attack Aircraft Almost in The Air

Posted on September 1, 2017 James Hinds Aerospace Engine

United States Air Force is the aerial warfare most recent subdivision of the United States Armed Forces as well as the largest and one of the most technologically developed air forces in the world.Starting 31th July 2017, the brand new investment document discloses a possible strategy for the US Air Force to procure a light air support ability for special operations forces. The light attack support for special operations was publicized on 28th July stating that the center’s Fighter Bomber Directorate had united together with United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to research light attack aircraft and associated technology individually for special operations forces.

In the beginning the process will be all about gathering data on “ emerging light attack platforms” and “platform-agnostic”. SOCOM’s intentions have been for a long time increasing their organic light attack capabilities, which at the moment contains fixed wing gunships, armed drones and specialized helicopters.

 The Combat’s Dragon II program point was to prove that a small, turboprop-powered warplane can be successful in “high end/ special aviation” missions. Following up this experiment, the OA-X light attack craft experiment is starting on 31th July. US Air Forces stated that OA-X has no procurement dollars invested.  

“This is a great example of it’s not a procurement – it’s an experiment so we can learn something,” Wilson says.

“But the time between when the chief of staff said, ‘let’s try this,’ and when the aircraft were delivered for testing was five months. That’s the kind of innovation in a lot of different areas that we want to see. That doesn’t mean that we necessarily move forward with procurement with everything that we try that on, but it’s a new way of looking of looking at what the advancements are and thinking about them.”

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