posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 04:44 AM
Originally posted by yoyodine
Originally posted by ghost
There is one reason I think the A-17 might exist as an F-111 replacement. Neathier the F-16 nor the F/A-18 have the range and payload to replace the
F-111 Aardvark. Why would anyone replace one plane with another that is less capable? The F-16 and F/A-18 are both great planes in their own right,
but they still can't match the F-111's preformance.
ATS Director of Counter-Ignorance
Why does it need to be replaced? We haven't had any in inventory since 1996, don't think it's missed. With in-air refueling and GPS guided bombs, an
F-18 carrying only 5 bombs can destroy targets with more efficiency than an F-111 with 20 bombs. Besides, the military would rather put a UAV or
Cruise Missile in theater than an aircraft.
Very interesting topic. But there is a point of relevance to finding an F-111 replacement. As here in Australia we did untill recently operate the
F-111C "Warthog" As our primary means of delivering ordinance at the strategic level. The F-111C was perfect for our needs at the time, because in
Australia we are defended by the tirany of distance. Which is best exploited by an attack bomber that can attack over very long distances. We do not
have the finance to field heavy B-52 class aircraft, or the support infrastructure to support KC-xx refueling aircraft.
The F-111C took a failing US aircraft into the RAAF, and a theatre where it would shine - and shine it has. With the proposed F-35A + KC-xx, the
supply chain for munitions is complex, vunerable and unresponsive. This combination cannot readily change its axis of attack. Whereas the F-111 could
on short notice attack any target within a radius encompassing Jakarta and Korea on ANY approach vector! As it does not require Aerial support.
Australians I believe ought to be concerned over this loss in capability.
What sparked my interest, and lead me to this site were the specs for the YF-23, and the interesting possibility of adapting that aircraft for a
similar combat radius, alebit with stealth capability. The YF-23 and A-17 that seems to be based upon it appear to be the only modern aircraft that
can match the mission profile of an F-111.
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