U.S. Air Force Looks to Take Light-Attack Contenders to Combat

The U.S. Air Force is in the midst of evaluating four off-the-shelf aircraft for the light-attack counterterrorism mission, but already top service officials are considering the next step. 

The concept of a low-cost, light-attack fleet to fight terrorists in the Middle East has shifted in the past few months from pie in the sky to reality. The Air Force’s ongoing light-attack experiment, held here, has drawn interest from the highest reaches of the U.S. service to congressional …


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