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Re: A-10 Warthog to be retired by USAF (maybe)
« Reply #150 on: August 06, 2016, 20:20:58 »
Isn't it a lot more expensive to buy new aircraft to replace the A-10, when the A-10 is already in service and paid off?  And recently upgraded with thousands of hours left on the airframes?

I feel like the USAF is deliberately trying to create a headache for themselves here....or am I missing something?  (They want to retire the A-10 because the F-35 can do everything under the sun, yet they are still pursuing a replacement for it outside of the F-35...??)

They have also argued that retiring the A-10 would free up funds for the F-35 - which, after multiple investigations - found that the amount of money saved wasn't all that significant. 

Wouldn't buying new aircraft to replace the A-10 be a lot more expensive than just keeping the A-10 in service, therefore limiting their F-35 funds even more?
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Re: A-10 Warthog to be retired by USAF (maybe)
« Reply #151 on: August 08, 2016, 15:25:25 »
The A10's just got new wings a few years ago, is there any other structural issues limiting them for now?

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Re: A-10 Warthog to be retired by USAF (maybe)
« Reply #152 on: August 28, 2016, 19:37:26 »
What's this? A US govt. agency normally notorious for wanting to cut programs is now worrying about what capabilities could be lost if the A10 is cut? Say it ain't so!  ;D

GAO warns of capability gaps after USAF A-10 retirement

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Congressional auditors have raised concerns about potential for lost mission capability in a 24 August report about the US Air Force's (USAF's) plan to retire the Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air support (CAS) aircraft.

The USAF "has not established clear requirements for the missions the A-10 performs and, in the absence of these requirements, has not fully identified the capacity or capability gaps that could result from the A-10 divestment," the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said. "Without a clear understanding of the capability or capacity gaps and risks that could result from A-10 divestment, it is also unclear how effective or necessary the air force's and the department's mitigation strategies will be."
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Re: A-10 Warthog to be retired by USAF (maybe)
« Reply #153 on: February 15, 2017, 20:27:41 »
The "Machete" concept being floated as a possible replacement aircraft for the A-10.  Full story and photos at story link below.

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The 'Machete' that could replace the A-10 Warthog: Radical lightweight metal foam attack plane with a PROPELLER
Machete is a concept for a new light-weight attack plane for the US Air Force
Designed with a metal foam instead of the traditional armor
Will be single engine, single seat planes and offered in 2 variants 
Other models for air-to-air combat and advanced training could also be released


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4229178/Meet-plane-replace-10-Warthog.html#ixzz4Yo7Jqlzl
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Re: A-10 Warthog to be retired by USAF (maybe)
« Reply #154 on: February 15, 2017, 20:54:15 »
If you want an A-10 build an upgraded aircraft or buy the Frogfoot from the Russians.

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Re: A-10 Warthog to be retired by USAF (maybe)
« Reply #155 on: February 15, 2017, 22:30:20 »
The "Machete" concept being floated as a possible replacement aircraft for the A-10.  Full story and photos at story link below.

But one of the reasons the Warthog was a success because of duplicate systems that allowed it to continue flying when one was taken out.

And the titanium bathtub allowed it to take a major pounding as well.
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