Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) has been awarded a $1,808,000,000 contract for potential procurement, sustainment, modifications, ferry, and related equipment for the A-29 light air support attack aircraft.
Work will be performed at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; and Kabul, Kandahar, and Mazari Sharif Air Bases, Afghanistan. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2024, a United States DoD release said. The number of aircraft has not been specified.
This contract involves foreign military sales to Afghanistan. This contract is funded by appropriated Afghanistan Security Forces funds. Funds in the amount of $115,478 are being obligated at the time of award on delivery order 0001 for a site survey in Afghanistan.
The A-29, also called the Super Tucano is a light air support and trainer aircraft developed by Embraer of Brazil. It is built in the US by SNC.
In an earlier contract in 2013 the US Air Force had awarded the light air support 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.