Moody Air Force Base receives two AT-6E Wolverine aircraft

USAF AT6 Wolverine Moody
USAF AT-6E Wolverine taxis on the flightline during its arrival at Moody Air Force, Georgia.

Two Beechcraft AT-6E Wolverine light attack aircraft (serial numbers 20-1101 and 20-1102) arrived at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia on January 12, 2022, according to the 23rd Wing based there.

The pilots of the 81st Fighter Squadron, who are on loan to the 23rd Wing, will fly the AT-6Es together with personnel from Colombia, Nigeria, Thailand and Tunisia. Air Combat Command invited the partner nations to come to the United States to further mature and co-develop tactics, techniques, and procedures to counter violent extremist organizations while simultaneously demonstrating the capabilities of the Airborne Extensible Relay Over-Horizon Network (AERONet), an exportable and affordable data link.

The collaboration, set to conclude in May 2022, will demonstrate AERONet’s ability to enhance communication between partner nations and U.S. forces. As the US works to build coalitions with partner nations, one goal is to create shared knowledge of a common platform that partner nation allies can employ. The overarching goal is to build capacity and capability of US partner nations, enhancing the ability to seamlessly work together and enabling the successes of any future operation.

USAF AT6 Wolverine Moody

The U.S. Air Force is Wolverine's first customer, which ordered two aircraft for $ 70.2 million on March 16, 2020. The first export order for the type was announced by Textron Aviation at the Dubai Air Show in November 2021, after the company finalized a $ 143 million contract with Thailand for eight aircraft.

The United States announced in February 2020 that it had approved the sale of four AT-6C Wolverines to Tunisia, however, the order has never been formalized to date. Although the presence at Moody of personnel from Colombia and Nigeria suggests them as future buyers for the type, both have already purchased the A-29B Super Tucano which is very similar to the Wolverine.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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