In last week’s dead tree Defense News I noticed this full-page ad:
I nearly posted it and wondered (a bit cynically, I’ll admit) whether any requests for proposals for a Counter Insurgency (COIN) aircraft for the new Iraqi air force was coming.
Oops: The COIN Aircraft Comeback:
The Iraqi air force in two years will be flying a new fleet of single-engine turboprops as counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft. See the contract solicitation, posted by the US Air Force, here.
Murdoc has previously noted the EMB-314 Super Tucano as a possible good fit for the new Iraqi forces, as well.
Regardless, Murdoc is far too skeptical to think that it’s mere coincidence that the AT-6B ad ran the week before the request came out. However, I’m also a bit skeptical that an ad (full-page or not) in Defense News is going to sway anyone.
Thoughts on the Iraqi air force requirements?