In late October of this year, the Air Force Special Operations Command released its final proposal for a new experiment, known as the light attack experiment. The plan of this light attack experiment is to use it’s A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to bolster its air advisors’ ability to train. AT-6s from Textron Aviation for Air Combat Command will be tested and developed at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Brig. Gen. David Harris is the AFSOC’s director of strategic planning, programs and requirements, and stated, “the air adviser mission is the top priority and that the command wants to train its airmen on the airframe partner nations fly to ‘reduce risk’ to the aircrew when they deploy to train a partner nation.” Countries that fly these A-29s are Ghana, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Colombia, and others. One of the other goals is to provide a “PhD-level of understanding” on the plane to the partner nations.
Another mission for the aircraft is to meet needs in the joint force, such as close air support for U.S. ground forces. An example that Harris gave was the U.S. SOF that deploy in remote and austere locations in Africa. This aircraft can offer support in proximity.