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Providing the powerful alternative for close air support (Studio)

17th February 2022 - 12:00 GMT | by Studio

As European militaries look to the future of close air support (CAS) for ground forces, light attack aircraft could prove a low-cost, versatile option, according to industry experts.

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While the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on national budgets, CAS missions remain a high priority. Aircraft provide essential support for land forces through aerial firepower and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

Fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft can prosecute these missions to significant effect. However, light attack aircraft such as the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano can be a powerful alternative, particularly in such missions as border patrols or low-intensity conflicts like counter insurgencies.

These types of operations can endure for years, strengthening the budgetary and logistics case for relatively low-cost aircraft that

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