posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 02:05 AM
originally posted by: Daedalus
a reply to: milomilo
um....you are quite incorrect...
plus....the A-10 hasn't been defeated...look earlier on this page, or on the page before this one..
an airplane who was originally designed to kill soviet hordes in the cold war days , cannot survive a modern battlefied where the enemy got anti
aircraft weapons in abundance. If your enemy is an underarmed freedom fighters or unarmed civilians then yes this aircraft is good enough to kill
them. If your enemy is a profesional army with modern mobile ADS, you wont see A10 or AH64 or AC130 or UAV in the front lines , because the enemy will
detect and shot them down (remember Khafji and the downing of an overconfident Spectre AC130 just by 1 missile ? imagine if dozens of missiles track
and hit your air support assets in the 1st day of war)..
get your mind out of the aircraft fanboyism and think analytically.. consider these scenarios :
- American troops and leaders accostumed to uncontested troop insertion via UH60 and fast Helo Medevac. How would they cope with an enemy that
contested the air above the battlefield ? this is not an insurgent enemy armed with AK47.. The bad habits of taking for granted the battle taxis (
helos and medevacs ) will be the undoing of american soldiers in the future conflicts. Read the slaughter / massacre of Israeli overrated naval
commandos (Flotilla 13) in Lebanon by hezbollah , they underestimate the hezbolah holy warriors and forgot that the enemy can also 'think' and
'devise' a scheme to ambush these so called israeli super soldiers..
- American troops and leaders accostumed on having total air superiority and continuous air support and become dependent on air support to break up
enemy attacks while never actually do the classic fire and maneuver against enemy insurgents. The result in the future ? total shock and
demoralization when the enemy can also hit them via gunships and airstrikes and deny the skies from US fighters by using theatre wide SAMs.. Recent
example : Wanat slaughter and French Para Slaughter. A highly motivated freedom fighters easily killed many american and french soldiers because they
are immobile and hunkering down waiting for air support to save them. In the case of French , the taliban even approached within hand-to-hand range
and drag the french wounded then slit their throat.
- American troops and leaders accostumed on having on call artilery / indirect fire support. When is the last time US soldiers fight an enemy that
have real artilery ? only in vietnam theatre of war. How can the US soldiers cope mentally with suddenly be a target of massive Rocket attack like
GRADS or even worse ? a GRAD salvo (40 rocket per lauchers) can easily destoy a US armor convoy and killed everyone in it..
You see, the next war wont be against unarmed / underarmed freedom fighters.. it wont be like Iraq where US forces killed almost 2 MILLION INNOCENT
CIVILIANS without getting hauled to warcrime tribunal.. It will be a total suprise to the overconfident american..
Heck, the US military wont even won a land war against IDF.. the US wont even won a land war against JSDF..