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originally posted by: charlyv
a reply to: RadioRobert
Yes, but the logistics involved and the $billions of bucks for a non-battle proven design .vs. perhaps the same for something you know you can rely on... In this day and age, with the historical record of this industry, and the threats we face... Gimme the Hostess cup cake.
originally posted by: Pyle
a reply to: charlyv
But in those cases you can use UAVs or Helicopters to similar or better effect at cheaper cost.
Put another way, if nothing better had come along between the forties and now, we would never have stopped flying Spitfires as our main fighter aircraft here in Britain. Nothing has appeared that equals the toughness, and unrestrained violence of the A-10, and until something does, they should not even be thinking about replacing it.
originally posted by: JIMC5499
Dust off the OV-10 design. Build new airframes, taking advantage of new materials. Update the avionics to the new standard data bus. Sell them to both the Air Force and the Marines. Lightly loaded OV-10's can take off from the Marines helicopter carriers and can operate from short rough fields.