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You have a limited budget and are trying for a relatively fast acquisition. Do you go for platforms that have been flying for years, that you've bought for allies,
Goldfein added that light attack was not something that was central to what the Air Force needed, saying that it would only be funded if the money is available in upcoming budgets.
originally posted by: RadioRobert
This is what happens when you want the program to fail, but you have to go through the motions...
You eliminate the contender that might actually have a chance of succeeding and showing A) the mission is worthwhile or B) that you should expend some of your budget on it. Get ready for the evaluation that shows the turboprops were unable to show a distinct advantage over existing platforms and the program isn't worth spending our money on.