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Speculation on what an A-10 Replacement would look like

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posted on Feb, 10 2016 @ 02:38 PM
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originally posted by: Blackfinger
Question is its not the A10 that makes it such a weapon its the GAU-8/A Avenger.So what is in the pipeline to replace that as a weapon?


Precision guided small missiles, and the Small Diameter Bomb. Firing off something operated directly by Army and Marines.
edit on 10-2-2016 by mbkennel because: (no reason given)




posted on Feb, 11 2016 @ 03:08 AM
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I think a cheaper way to go, is to allow the present tried and true air-frame to evolve.

Survive-ability?

In Gulf War I many A-10s came back from missions missing huge chunks in wings/tail sections and quite a few lost one of the two engines, which proved it was capable of battlefield survive-ability.

With modern computing it should be easy to play with, or replace it's now archaic electronic avionics package, which weighs a ton compared to modern electronics, Both hardware and software, that alone would save on weight and space for more sophisticated modern equipment and improve on it, couple that with more powerful fuel efficient engines should increase it's service life.

*It's not like the A-10 has any sort of lift constrictions within it's designated capacity.

This type of evolution isn't unheard of. The B-52 was allowed to progress from it's original design specifications. The last B-52 is light years ahead of it's original incarnation, The A-10 could feasibly follow suit.



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