U.S. Armed Overwatch Competition Restarting After Six-Month Hiatus

light attack aircraft on runway
Seeking a gap-filler for the RQ-1 in 2006, Special Operations Command fielded the U-28 by acquiring used PC-12s from the civilian market.
Credit: Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo/U.S. Air Force
Starting. Stopping. Restarting. And stopping again. For over a decade, the U.S. Defense Department’s attempts to field a light attack aircraft fit into this familiar, futile pattern. The latest iteration—Special Operations Command’s Armed Overwatch program—hopes to break this vicious cycle. The 76...

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