posted on Feb, 25 2014 @ 02:34 AM
Only a couple of years ago the company I worked for were bidding to produce a ground station to fly the A-10 unmanned!
F-35 is the replacement for Harrier and A-10 (and others).
When you look at the US debt, the state of the country, the fact that aside from one missile both Russia and China are miles behind and not posing a
threat to mainland US - the country needs to do something.
A-10 is awesome, but its designed to roll over the Russian Armour advancing across Europe, its been recognised as having an edge as a CAS platform in
Iraq and Afghanistan, but perhaps the US are not planning another engangement like this for a number of years, by which time F35 will be in.
Look at UK, they retired Harrier long before the F35 replacement.
All A-10s to the boneyard and if something kicks off that 'needs' them, then they could make a squadron from there.
If I were on the ground, I would rather a squadren of loitering reapers (or replacement) with hellfire and SDB. The Cannon of the A-10 may be unique,
but it only draws a line in the sand.