The United States Air Force has come to terms with the fact that they are spending a lot of money on aircraft. To spend a $100 million on planes to attack targets who don’t even have an air force to fight back does seem like overkill. So the US Air Force created a program to find a new light fighter for a low cost, it seemed like it was just about over but a new contender has entered.
The new challenger in the OA-X Light Fighter competition is the Air Tractor AT-802L Longsword. The late entry plane will join other fighters such as the A-29 Super Tucano and the Textron Scorpion to compete at Holloman Air Force Base next week to see which plane suits the needs of the air force.
“We are proud of the Longsword and the opportunity to participate in OA-X. We are looking forward to flying at Holloman AFB and showcasing our capabilities to the Air Force and to our partner nations.”
– Jim Hirsch (Air Tractor President)
The AT-802’s presence in this competition is a bit shocking because this plane is actually a crop duster that is modified to have an arsenal. The OA-X competition begins next week between the respective competitors, get a sneak preview of the Longsword in this clip.