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A light attack aircraft fleet: Could it change the fight or put lives at risk? | Air Force Times
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A light attack aircraft fleet: Could it change the fight or put lives at risk? | Air Force Times

A new light attack aircraft could provide the Air Force a cheaper, more cost-effective way of dealing with low-end threats — and free up its more advanced fighters to deal with more serious adversaries.

But some critics fear that sending a slower, more lightly armored, propeller-driven plane into battle — even in relatively permissive environments — could put pilots at risk of being shot down or even killed.

For years, the Air Force has used fighters such as the F-15, F-16, and the F-22, as well as the A-10 Warthog and AC-130 gunship, to wage war against the Taliban, Islamic State, and other insurgent groups in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Source: A light attack aircraft fleet: Could it change the fight or put lives at risk? | Air Force Times