Sen. Pat Roberts said Monday that the Pentagon's intentions to reopen a contract for new air refueling tankers was good news for the Air Force and Kansas. McConnell Air Force Base is the largest tanker base in the country.
However, Roberts expressed concerns that an airborne laser program, which also has ties to the Wichita plant, is being scaled back. The Republican said the weekend missile test by North Korea suggests the United States should continue the laser's development.
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