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Originally posted by BlackWidow23
5. The irreplaceable and unmatched GAU-8 Avenger 7 barreled 30mm 6,000rds/min most powerful gun ever mounted on an aircraft gattling gun which provides incredible power.
posted by BlackWidow23
The Fairchild A-10 is the perfect ground attack aircraft. It was designed from the ground up that way. I say this for a few reasons:
Titanium surrounds the pilot . . the straight wing allows exceptional agility . . engines protected by the tailplanes . . flies slow to kill anything in its path but fast enough not to be shot down by AK-47s . . the GAU-8 Avenger 7 barreled Gatling gun fires 30mm rounds at 6,000 per min rate - most powerful gun ever mounted on an aircraft. [What about the 75 mm cannon on WW2 B25s?]
My question: can the F-35 replace this machine? The F-35 is flimsy, no titanium, no GAU-8, less pay load, less agile, and at low altitude stealth doesn’t really matter. I personally think that the A-10 should stay in service until we start seeing 6th generation planes. Agree or disagree? [Edited by Don W]
posted by Jezza
Hi all, the A-10 is going through an upgrade to become the A-10C. The A-10C is the “best friend to the boots on the ground,” said LCol. Donahue, director of the A-10 Program Office . . The A-10C PE mods are battlefield data-links, upgraded engines, plus expanded cockpit and weapon upgrades next. [It is hoped] these upgrades [will] keep the A-10C viable until it retires in 2028.
The A-10 Hog Up program will inspect, repair, replace and overhaul many structural and mechanical systems; The eight year Program will [refurbish] all existing A-10 aircraft (a total of 368) . . Hog Up is a three-phase program modifying by adding stainless steel straps in the center portion of the plane's wing . . The majority of work in the program should be complete by FY 2009. Because the work takes place during scheduled depot inputs, the impact to the A-10 fleet will be as minimal . . new engines in the works would provide dramatic performance improvement. GE is marketing the 10,000 pound thrust GE TF34-101 turbofan as replacements for the existing dash 100 9,000 pound thrust turbofans.
posted by crgintx
IMHO Fixed wing CAS aircraft should always remain with the USAF. The Army has always placed funding for CAS weapons systems at a lower priority than other weapons platforms. [Edited by Don W]
They cancelled the much needed Comanche Scout Helicopter program to fund other ground weapons platforms. I foresee that the Army may completely turn over the CAS role to the Air Force as a cost saving measure.
posted by crgintx
“ . . the reality is the Raptor's e-systems are at a minimum 3-5 years behind the civilian world in computing capability. Such are the short coming of our acquisition system. [Edited by Don W]
The A-10 is currently the most reliable and versatile platform for CAS the US military has available for the foreseeable future . . the combo of low tech aircraft like the A-10 and newer tech precision guided weapons will probably prove far more effective than newer platforms like the F-35. The USAF knows this and so does the rest of the military.
Originally posted by donwhite
Turf protection ranks ahead of equipment procurement or rationalizing missions. Although taxpayers think the military budget is unlimited, the fact is the budget is very much limited and closely monitored. Excepting VP Cheney’s Halliburton, of course,
[edit on 5/9/2007 by donwhite]