WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today (2/27) lauded the Air Force’s announcement of a $950 million contract for 20 Super Tucano light air support (LAS) aircraft to Sierra Nevada and its partner, Embraer. The decision means the creation of at least 50 high-skilled jobs in Northeast Florida.

“A great team came together to make a solid case for building this plane in Northeast Florida, resulting in a ‘win - win’ for the First Coast economy and our national defense,” said Crenshaw. “More importantly, this contract underscores the deep confidence by our military that Jacksonville continues to be a military aviation center of excellence.”

The Super Tucano is a single-engine turboprop aircraft that Embraer employees will assemble and test at facilities at Jacksonville International Airport. The contract is to provide both an advanced aircrew trainer and a light air support aircraft to establish air combat capability for Afghanistan under the Building Partnership Capacity program.