posted on Oct, 3 2014 @ 06:09 PM
Oo-er...not sure about that A-29.
Wouldn't it make more sense to get the A-1 Skyraider operational again? (I keed, I keed!)
The A-10 was on its last legs (politically) in the early 1990s. What saved it was its amazing record in Iraq, and Afghanistan.
It's obviously a decent platform, and there's obviously a need (especially with the continual ME conflicts).
Perhaps a new A-X program? Warthog II?
Shoehorning fifth generation aircraft into the A-10 role seems to be a bit of a waste of technology. Kind of like taking a Bugatti Veyron off-road.
Sure it'll work, but it won't be pretty. Better off taking a Land Rover.
The engine placement was not an accident either. No 5th gen has anything like it.
As with the Russian SU-25 and the A-10, a flying tank is a great weapon. Nothing fancy, minimal on-board equipment (remember the stories of A-10
drivers using the FLIR on their AGM-65s to see through the smoke?). Small turning radius, quiet, efficient.
I'm sure the AH-64 is a competent platform, and I haven't checked on the time over target stats against the A-10, or the range, but I'm sure there
are arguments/missions for both.