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