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originally posted by: kaskad
A-29 was not around in ww2.
However, it's a pretty good platform for COIN operations, due to it's ability to fly low and slow, and also being able to be on station for long periods of time. Operational cost is relatively cheap, or so google tells me.
Colombia has been using them for some years, with a high rate of success.
I don't think it can replace A10, since they have slightly different missions, but when it comes down Low Intensity COIN operations, in my opinion it's a winner.
AT-6B Texan II is an alternative to A-29 with some pros and cons, biggest pro being it's Country of origin, which is the US of A, and cheaper cost.
here is some info on both:
originally posted by: yuppa
Wonder how much it would take to make brand spanking new skyraiders lol!! No no i got one better a Stuka lol!!
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Barnalby
They haven't said much beyond replacing those parts on specific aircraft. This is in addition to a significant radar upgrade, and possibly going with the latest Boeing upgrade that activates the 1 and 9 stations and new rails on the inboard stations to double the missile load to 16.
originally posted by: Barnalby
I'm honestly surprised at this point that someone hasn't decided to pull a blackwater and build their own low-cost COIN platform in order to provide services to smaller countries, contractors, etc.
originally posted by: Tardacus
The allies won because they had overwhelming numbers of smaller and crappier.
originally posted by: Phoenix
a reply to: kaskad
Seems the Airforce does not like the A10 either because it's not go fast or takes money from go fast programs.
I say give them over to Army aviation for COIN/CAS role as well as armor killing role it was intended for. Probably be perfect compliment to Apaches.
The Army knows well how to accomplish these roles.
Free up Airforce to do air superiority which it does best.
originally posted by: gort51
Yeah....Bring Back the Hawker Sea Fury!! And while you're at it the McD Phantom....
Nice Sea fury clip from Germany, In Australian Navy livery of all things (1950s)