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DM will not test A-10 alternatives

Air Force Light Attack tests move to New Mexico
Posted at 6:47 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 20:47:22-05

TUCSON, Ariz - Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was preparing to help test small prop planes as possible alternatives for A-10s but now the testing will happen in New Mexico instead.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced the change Tuesday.

The Air Force has been considering the A-29 Super Tucano (too-CONN-oh) and the AT-6 for ground attack in battlefields where enemy troops are unlikely to have sophisticated anti-aircraft defenses.  The A-29 Super Tucano was designed by a Brazilian company. The U-S has supplied A-29s to the Afghanistan Air Force.

The AT-6 is a variation of a training plane Beechcraft already makes for the Air Force and Navy.  
The Air Force was planning to test the two planes at Davis-Monthan this May.  Now it's decided to hold the tests at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico where it ran an earlier series of tests last year.