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Jihadi Terror Creates New Global Market For Close Air Support Aircraft | The National Interest Blog

Jihadi Terror Creates New Global Market For Close Air Support Aircraft | The National Interest Blog

Back in 2009, when the Department of Defense had but one problem on its mind, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force had the idea of developing a light air support (LAS) aircraft for the close air support (CAS) mission for counterinsurgency operations. The focus was on a non-developmental platform, one that was cheap and easy to operate and maintain, intended primarily for foreign militaries with limited budgets, infrastructure and trained personnel.

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