03 Jun '18, 9am

Senators Want $100 Million for New Marine Corps Light Attack Aircraft

The Senate Armed Services Committee has set aside millions for light attack aircraft, but this time not solely for the U.S. Air Force . In its version of the fiscal 2019 budget markup , the committee announced last week it wants to give $100 million to the Marine Corps to procure light attack aircraft such as the A T-6 Wolverine to boost lower-cost aviation support. The version passed the committee with a vote of 25-2. It heads for a full Senate vote in coming weeks. Is the Marine Corps ready for it? It's unclear. “The Marine Corps continues to monitor the Air Force-led Light Attack Experiment to procure a cost-effective, observation and attack (OA-X) air platform for employment in permissive environments, with the intent to employ such an asset as a joint force capability,” said Capt Christopher Harrison of the Office of Marine Corps Communication at the Pentagon. “The SA...

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