Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Tuesday she is not worried that the service’s future light attack aircraft will be more vulnerable than its existing fighter jets and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs.
The Air Force is looking to buy an aircraft to fight insurgencies and terrorists around the world that would be a smaller, lower-cost alternative to the A-10 or the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
“You wouldn’t put a light attack aircraft in the environment that you would put an F-35 or even potentially an A-10.
Both the Wolverine and Super Tucano competed in the Air Force’s Light Attack Experiment in New Mexico last year and came out the frontrunners.
But Wilson previously announced that neither the Wolverine or Super Tucano will be required to demonstrate their combat skills.