Report: Air Force Will Invite Companies to Demo Light Attack Aircraft This Summer

Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the U.S. Air Force‘s military deputy for acquisition, has said the service branch could formally invite companies on Friday to join a light-attack aircraft demonstration in the summer, DoD Buzz reported Thursday.

Oriana Pawlyk writes Bunch told reporters that the military service aims to keep the OA-X light attack program “as broad as we can so that industry may have something that’s very innovative that we haven’t thought about.”

He added the the OA-X concept will work to address the Air Force’s requirement to absorb fighter pilots as well as reduce operating and unit costs.

Bunch noted he believes a light-attack aircraft platform could also help “minimize the wear-and-tear” of the service branch’s current fighter jets such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-22 Raptor, according to the report.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said earlier this month that the OA-X competition will occur at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, the report stated.

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