Launch of Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine: Improved Textron Aviation.pink

Textron Aviation Defense LLC, a Textron Inc. company, announced the finalization of a $70.2 million Other Transaction Authority (OTA) with the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center on March 16. The agreement is aimed at providing the U.S. Air Force with two multi-role Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine aircraft, pilot training, engineering services, and up to four years of contractor support for maintenance and spares. Textron Aviation Defense will deliver the aircraft to the Air Force in support of Air Combat Command’s (ACC) development of operational tactics and standards for exportable, tactical networks that improve interoperability with international partners. The work under this OTA, including activities to support military type certification, will take place in Wichita, Kansas.

This acquisition enables the U.S. Air Force to leverage a commercial off-the-shelf, non-developmental integrated weapons system to equip a multinational coalition with a common system that meets a wide array of training and operational requirements. An affordable solution, the AT-6 cost per flying hour is less than $1,000 and its small maintenance footprint — as demonstrated during both phases of the Light Attack experiment — underscores the aircraft’s cost-effectiveness, deployability, and sustainability.

The Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine multi-role turboprop delivers the greatest level of mission configurability, the most advanced ISR technology, and the utmost deployability and sustainability. The AT-6 equips operators worldwide with unparalleled value, ease of training, logistics efficiencies, and 85 percent parts commonality with the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II. The AT-6 Wolverine will enter into service at Nellis AFB, Nevada for follow-on light attack experiments by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and partner countries and is available to its sister business unit, Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), for contracted air services under the U.S. Navy’s Terminal Attack Controller Trainer (TACT) program for live-air training of forward air controllers (FACs), joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs), and forward air controllers (airborne) at NAS Fallon, Nevada. The AT-6 Wolverine features 35 weapons configurations that fulfill SOCOM armed Overwatch requirements for Close Air Support (CAS), armed Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR), Strike Coordination & Reconnaissance (SCAR), and Forward Air Control (Airborne) (FAC(A)).

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