Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BIV, Jul 19, 2012.
What type of anti-tent and anti-camel armaments does that thing carry?
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Meanwhile some battlefield Generals say it isn't needed but they want to continue the A-10 and AC-130; they do a better ground support role.
There's more money to be made by pushing the F-35.
The F-35 is a multi-role platform, not a dedicated CAS platform like the A-10 or AC-130. It's capable of acting in an air superiority role, something the A-10 and gunships can not do. The 35 is being purchased to replace the F-15 A/B/C models, and the F-16.
The AC-130 program IS getting upgraded. The U models are getting newer avionics packages, and the H model is getting replaced with the J model.
Right. The F-35 isn't replacing the A-10. The A-10 didn't fly off of aircraft carriers. The F-35 is replacing the F-16, partially replacing the early F/A-18s, and the A/V-8 Harrier IIs, as well as partially filling the attack role of F-15s.
Of course the ground-pounder generals want more A-10s. And of course the Air Force generals want more fast-movers. Those are their institutional biases. I am inclined to want the A-10 to be back on front line duty and to have more of them built, but the Air Force will dig its heels in and fight that. It's stupid, but it's reality.