Thursday, July 21, 2016

The U.S. Air Force Cannot Afford To Build A New A-!0

A pair of U.S. A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft fly alongside a Slovak MiG-29 aircraft during a memorial service for Slovakian war hero Captain Baranski on July 15, 2016, at Slia─Ź Air Base, Slovakia, during Operation Atlantic Resolve to demonstrate NATO's commitment to European security. (Photo by William Hopper/U.S. Air National Guard.)

DoD Buzz: Air Force Can’t Afford F-35 But Wants a ‘Super’ A-10?

U.S. Air Force leaders have recently signaled an interest in developing a new aircraft dedicated to the mission of close air support as a replacement to the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt II, commonly known as the Warthog.

Before he retired this summer, the service’s then-chief of staff, Gen. Mark Welsh — a former A-10 and F-16 pilot, acknowledged the lack of funding and personnel for such a program but nevertheless touted the idea with defense reporters in Washington, D.C.

“I’d love to build a new CAS airplane right now while we still have the A-10,” he said.

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WNU Editor: The F-35 program is sucking in all the money .... leaving nothing for anything else.


Jay Farquharson said...

And the USAF's "Super" A-10 program is just vapourware to help the USAF kill off the A-10 ( which they never wanted) for once and for all.

fazman said...

I dont understand why they dont put this aircraft up on a pedestal, it chews up armour like no other.
Much less vunerable than the o erated apache.

Jay Farquharson said...

USAF has alway's tried to kill the A-10, even before it entered service.

Basically, the USAF has alway's seen itself as the Knights,

Defending the Yeomen, ( Marines and Grunts), is beneath them.

Anonymous said...

It is all a dodge - a fairly transparent dodge at that.