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Opinion by Rep. John Rutherford, Fla.

The U.S. Air Force this summer is edging closer to the potential procurement of an innovative light-attack aircraft. For the safety of our combat troops and the overall strategic power of our military forces, this addition to our combat capabilities cannot come fast enough….

The A-29 should be the clear choice for the Air Force. The A-29 has repeatedly proven itself, flying thousands of combat missions, accruing more than 300,000 flying hours, 40,000 of those in combat, employing weapons ― including laser-guided bombs ― against Taliban fighters and other terrorist groups. Since the A-29 is in production in Florida today for our allies, it would require little time to deploy for U.S. troops….