Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, top acquisition official at the U.S. Air Force, has said the service will call off the remaining flights in its light-attack experiment following the death of a naval pilot in an aircraft crash on June 22, Defense News reported Tuesday.
Bunch said the service aims to release a request for proposals by December and will implement a “multi-pronged approach“ that would look at logistics, manpower and potential basing options for a new light-attack aircraft.
He noted that the service collected flight test data from A-29 and Textron-built AT-6 Wolverine aircraft during the experiment“™s initial phase and in the previous month.
The Air Force intends to wrap up the experiment by gathering additional sustainment and logistics data from contractors with plans to test a commercial off-the-shelf, exportable network aboard some surrogate planes.
“We believe that is easily doable where we can collect the data off those and it will be applicable for what we“™re trying to do with the light attack and coming up with an exportable network,“ Bunch added.