In its quest for more effective close-air support (CAS), the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is turning away from the Air Force and is looking to purchase its own aircraft.

According to a solicitation published on the U.S. government’s site, SOCOM is looking to set up a fleet of at least 75 armed overwatch aircraft. The most likely candidates for the program are the AT-6 Wolverine and A-29 Super Tucano.

SOCOM’s intend for the aircraft is to 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.”

For some time now, the different Special Operations components have requested more air protection, whether that is close-air support or reconnaissance. Back in October, the Air Force announced its Light Attack initiative. The program aims to experiment with light-attack aircraft for the purposes of close-air support in an environment of air superiority. The concept is ideal for counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations.