The price of using a traditional fighter jet is staggering from the price of purchasing one and then cost of operating it. In an effort to save money the United States Air Force initiated the OA-X light attack aircraft competition to determine a cheaper alternative. Now the Air Force is really stepping up the competition as two of those fighters are being sent into a live war zone.
The next phase is a program called Combat Sent III with two of the four competing light fighters are sent into an undisclosed war zone. The two planes that have made it this far are the Textron AT-6 Wolverine and the Embraer/Sierra Nevada A-29 Super Tucano.
The US Air Force remains tight-lipped about the action location of the combat zone, but it is more than likely against ground targets that lack an Air Force such as the Middle East against ISIS Forces. A comparison of the two light fighters can be seen in this video clip. Which aircraft are you rooting for to be the next close air support plane?