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Once the F-35 reaches its full potential within the next decade, the service is considering purchasing a relatively inexpensive replacement for the A-10 to perform CAS against enemies that lack sophisticated air defenses, Gen Herbert Carlisle, chief of USAF Air Combat Command says on 6 March during a discussion with reporters at the Pentagon following a weeklong multi-service discussion of CAS.
What about replacing it with a new weapon designed for CAS, something like ant personnel guided airburst cluster munitions which release say hundreds of tungsten darts and rain down in a controlled arc.