This is something we’ve discussed a number of times on MO: A prop-driven light attack plane for special ops and low-intesity warfare.
Under the classified “Imminent Fury” program, the Navy has already leased, tested and armed at least one Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano, according to Capt. Mark Mullins, a naval special warfare officer serving as the deputy director of the Navy Irregular Warfare Office at the Pentagon.
Read the rest at Defense News.
Is the Super Tucano the best plane out there? Tough to say, since modern militaries have such little experience with these types of planes in these roles lately.
An even better question: Why is it the Navy that’s leading the way? Could it be because the Air Force would slit its own wrists before it let a little prop into the combat inventory?
If the Navy goes ahead with this, could it tirckle down to the Marines?