(Photo: Senior Airman Corey Hook/US Air Force)
National Interest: Revealed: US Air Force Is Planning to Build a Super A-10 Warthog
The Air Force is beginning to work on how fast, lethal, durable and capable a new “A-10”-like aircraft would need to be in order to provide U.S. military ground troops with effective close-air support for decades to come.
Senior service officials are now exploring “draft requirements” concepts – and evaluating the kind of avionics, engineering, weapons, armor and technical redundancy the aircraft would need, Air Force officials told Scout Warrior.
Many of the core technical attributes and combat advantages of the A-10 will be preserved and expanded upon with the new effort, officials said.
The performance of the A-10 Warthog in the ongoing bombing campaign against ISIS, coupled with the Air Forces’ subsequent decision to delay the aircraft’s planned retirement – has led the service to begin the process of developing a new, longer-term A-10 type platform.
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Update: Air Force Faces Rocky Road Ahead For Replacing the A-10 (Defense News)
WNU Editor: It would be interesting to see what type of plane they are conceptualising .... but getting the money and building it .... I do not see it happening in the near future.