The USAF put out a request for information about procuring up to 100 light attack/recon aircraft.
Specifications call for the plane to have two seats, four positions for weapons or external fuel tanks and an onboard laser designator. The plane must also have the ability to carry a minimum of two 500-pound bombs, launch 2.75-inch rockets and fire a gun.
They should have issued this RFI about ten years ago.
I think that prop-driven planes will always be the first to come to mind here, and I’ve long argued that such planes could do a lot of good in today’s environment. However, the more I think about it, the more I wonder if something along the lines of a modernized A-37 Dragonfly with upgraded engines might not be in order.
Meanwhile, the T-37 Tweet, upon which the Dragonfly was based, has just been retired.