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originally posted by: justwanttofly
originally posted by: mbkennel
And what happens when modern air defense systems proliferate to countries that we might fight in the future? Even if the US isn't fighting the Russians, the Russian SAM systems that have been sold to another country that we are fighting will make quick work of the US's 4th gen fleet.
I think you mean the F-15E, not SE. The Silent Eagle hasn't been purchased by anyone yet.
originally posted by: JedisonsDad
To Zaphod, boomer135, and other fellow airmen, how does this thread not have you bashing your head against a desk?
All I see in this particular thread is people defending the A-10 based on emotion, with complete disregard for actual facts, all because of either what they read on Wikipedia about technical specs, lack of knowledge about real world tactics, or "cool" factor.
Yes, the A-10 is a great plane, but it has its flaws. It is no longer working its original mission, it occasionally stumbles at its current mission, and it has performed past its life span. Dumping money into maintaining an outdated weapons system that no longer has a production line of parts coming is foolish. What was once a simple cheap fix, now gets more and more expensive due to parts availabily (or lack thereof).
A new platform just makes sense.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Semicollegiate
And around the time of Vietnam, aircraft didn't need guns because A2A was only going to be missiles from then on.
originally posted by: JimTSpock
The A-10 Thunderbolt isn't obsolete for engaging insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with the war on terror to go on for the forseeable future they should keep it. I like the AH-64 Apache for CAS, 30mm gun with 1200 rounds, Hellfire missiles and rockets, can hover and stay close to friendly ground units. Can also rearm and refuel from forward operating points and doesn't need a runway.