Aian aircraft was seen at Jacksonville International Airport (JIA) in Florida on Sunday. The light attack/trainer aircraft would be assembled there if seals the deal on a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense.
The company hopes to win a defense contract to build a new aircraft in Jacksonville. An announcement about the possible selection is expected by June 2011. If the $950 million is approved, would invest $3.8 million in a vacant 40,000-square foot hangar at JIA to assemble the aircraft. News4JAX reports.
U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw of Jacksonville, who sits on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said the plane is designed with operations in Afghanistan and Iran in mind.
“I’ve been to Afghanistan a couple of time and I’ve seen firsthand the need for a sort of light-attack aircraft,” Crenshaw said. “And walking up and taking a firsthand look, I see why our Navy SEALs are so in love with that kind of equipment.”