Posted on Aug 18, 2015
SrA Nathan Roberts
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The Air Force released its strategy for updating the ACC. Within this strategy it is mentioned a need for a new CAS platform to replace the A-10. Could it be that they have finally realized that the F-35 will not fit that bill? Will they actually make sure it is a pure CAS platform and not try to stuff as many toys as possible into it - which is one of the main reasons that the F-35 went off the rails.
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SGT Bryon Sergent
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Alright I might be simple. But why not just redo the A-10. I understand that we can't fit the new tech in the old craft. Why not just start from the beginning and just redo the old air frame to fit the new stuff. Redo the the cockpit and the engines. Redo the flight system and put all the new toys into it. Just keep the present craft configuration. That plane is a Freaking beast and is like a damn G-shock watch. Can't bust it!
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SGT Bryon Sergent
SGT Bryon Sergent
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Here is another thought! Put the persons wanting something new for CAS on the ground in the position to call for said CAS and see, after the A-10 comes in and does the job it was designed to do, want to wait with there ass hanging out for a new one! Bet they change their tune when its there ass on the ground and not the grunt requesting it!
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Dangit SGT Bryon Sergent, first you want to save money by updating the current system rather than replacing it, then you want the people that it will be saving to have a say in it... its like your a civilian or something. Quit making sense!
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SGT Bryon Sergent
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SSgt Christopher Tindell < LMAO. Well citizen soldier, but always a Grunt, that has had their ass saved by the A-10!
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MSgt Aaron Brite
MSgt Aaron Brite
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I would support a new A-10 build based on the original design w direct updates with Commercial off the shelf (COTS) technology. That would result in a massive update with trusted systems and technologiesnon a proven airframe design. It's so close to perfect, anything more would be gilding the pig or worse, roasting it.
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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The Military and the Manufacturer will praise glory on this plane. They will counter every argument with their own. They will say it has 109 rounds for CAS missions. They don't need to worry about dog fights because it can see further than the enemy planes.
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SrA Nathan Roberts
SrA Nathan Roberts
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It appears that they have resigned to the fact that the F35 could never be the CAS plane they wanted to sell it as. Perhaps they are more willing to let the Navy & Marines have it as it appears they've only been able to get the dang thing to work for what the Devil Dogs want it to do. I would be interested to see what designs they have for a future CAS fighter. They BETTER learn from their mistake of trying to force an air superiority platform into a platform that it is not designed for.
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PO2 Brian Rhodes
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I think I have to agree with SGT Bryon Sergent on this one. It would be like the F-18 E/F compared to the F-18A, C & D.
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SGT Bryon Sergent
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I know for fact that the A-10 saved my ass in DS/DS. As a grunt in the desert I was glad it did. I know that a few grunts today owe there ass to the A-10 as well. The A-10 today is like the Prop plane in the photo was in Vietnam. If it isn't broke, don't fix it!
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PO2 Brian Rhodes
PO2 Brian Rhodes
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I think the AF wanted to cram as many new toys into the F-35 in order to justify the extreme cost. Then they realized the the F-35 wouldn't be good at CAS (or anything else for that matter, but that JMHO)
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PO2 Brian Rhodes
PO2 Brian Rhodes
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I think the AF wanted to cram as many new toys into the F-35 in order to justify the extreme cost. Then they realized the the F-35 wouldn't be good at CAS (or anything else for that matter, but that JMHO)
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SrA Daniel Hunter
SrA Daniel Hunter
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SGT Bryon Sergent - A-1 Skyraider, tough as nails!
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