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How the US plans to train armed overwatch pilots for counterterrorism | Federal Times

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According to AFSOC chief Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, they are going to have to devote a lot of attention to training, It’s been a while since they ran a tail-dragger aircraft at scale.

Since 2009, the Air Force and its special operations colleagues have been looking for a light attack and reconnaissance jet, but they have encountered numerous roadblocks. Their most recent initiative started out as an Air Force experiment in 2016 and developed into a more limited procurement program run by SOCOM. U.S. In August, L3Harris and Air Tractor’s AT-802U Sky Warden was chosen by Special Operations Command to fill the position. As many as 75 of the fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft are expected to be purchased by the military under a contract worth up to $3 billion. As the preferred aircraft for close air support, precise strikes, and armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in counterterrorism missions, the newly designated OA-1K will displace other special operations platforms.



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