The U.S. Air Force may only want a handful of light attack aircraft, but U.S. Special Operations Command now appears to want at least 75.
According to a new solicitation posted on the government's acquisition and awards website, SOCOM plans to host an industry day event seeking ‘Armed Overwatch’aircraft for its units.
‘Armed Overwatch will provide Special Operations Forces (SOF) deployable and sustainable manned aircraft systems fulfilling Close Air Support (CAS), Precision Strike, and SOF Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) in austere and permissive environments, ’ according to the request.
※close air support:
Air strikes by aircraft against hostile targets in proximity to friendly forces, which requires detailed integration of each air mission with fire and movement of these forces.
A force protection tactic in which one small unit or military vehicle supports another while it is executing fire and movement tactics.
An ideal overwatch position provides unobstructed lines of fire.