Sierra Nevada, with team member Embraer of Brazil, has once again defeated Beechcraft for the U.S. Air Force's Light Air Support aircraft contract for the young Afghan defense forces. The aircraft will be used for flight-training, close air support, intelligence-collection and other security missions. The $427.5 million deal calls for delivery of 20 aircraft to Afghanistan beginning in the summer of 2014, a slight adjustment to earlier plans for handover in early 2014 as a result of the ...

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