Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Afghan Air Force to Take Delivery of New Light-Attack Plane

  • A-29 prop plane is built by Sierra Nevada, Embraer for U.S.
  • Contract protests and a lawsuit delayed delivery by 2 years
A-29 Super Tucano.

A-29 Super Tucano.

Source: U.S. Air Force

The Afghan Air Force is about to receive a new light-attack aircraft from the U.S. to support ground troops with cannons, rockets and missiles as they battle resurgent Taliban forces.

After a two-year delay caused by a fight over award of the contract, the first four of 20 A-29 Super Tucano propeller planes made by Sierra Nevada Corp. and Brazilian subcontractor Embraer SA will arrive this month. The planes will be flown by four of the first Afghan pilots to graduate from flight school at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.