A modern fighter will play the starring role in any air force. With advanced sensors, powerful engines, heavy payloads and a range of capabilities, today's combat aircraft are impressive feats of engineering and a potent symbol of power. Yet this comes at significant cost – both at the acquisition stage and in terms of sustainment. So for air forces that don’t have a pressing need for high-end capabilities such as aerial supremacy, deep strike or long-range standoff attacks, there is a plethora of lower-end solutions available in the form of light attack jets based on trainers.
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