Inside the Navy - June 11, 2018

Senate authorizers push Marines to purchase light attack aircraft

By Lee Hudson  
June 8, 2018 at 4:04 PM
Senate lawmakers want the Marine Corps to follow the Air Force's lead in buying a fleet of light attack jets because members believe the Marines are too reliant on the Joint Strike Fighter. The Marine Corps' fiscal year 2019 budget request did not include procurement funding to purchase light attack aircraft. However, Senate authorizers approved $100 million to acquire light attack jets, according to the report accompanying the Senate Armed Services Committee's mark of the FY-19 defense policy bill. "The...

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