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    Is the A10 to be retired? What will replace it?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlJXhgZxz2E
    Ayotte Discusses A-10 with General Odierno


    A10 has many supporters but plane is getting old and hard to service.

    The f35 project has sucked up so many dollars from existing needs.

    Plans are to keep it around to at least 2021

    Efforts are underway to try to find a suitable replacement.
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    Also slow moving and an easy target for modern technology.

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    F35 has to bomb from high altitude or risk getting shot down by small arms fire at low and slow altitude. WE just had a recent case where Our side was hit by a bomb from a B1. Need purpose built aircraft
    and use what is needed for the job. A one plane for all jobs is a compromise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    Is the A10 to be retired? What will replace it?
    Sub sonic drone will do. much much cheaper in the long run.

    Slap a gatling gun and some hard points on this and you'll be good to go..

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    Predators and Reapers have been heavily used but don't know if they have been used for close air support. Speed is not their forte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    Predators and Reapers have been heavily used but don't know if they have been used for close air support. Speed is not their forte.
    They are used for CAS all the time. Altho no direct fire weapons such as guns that I know of.

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    Trump has said they aren't going anywhere.

    Washington (CNN)Retirement rumors have swirled around the US military's venerable close-air support aircraft for years, but the battle-tested, 1970's-era airplane will live to fight for at least the foreseeable future, according to the Air Force.

    President Donald Trump's first full budget, which was released on Tuesday, outlines plans for the Air Force to maintain its fleet of A-10 Thunderbolts -- commonly known by their nickname the "Warthog" -- along with "Dragon Lady" U-2 spy aircraft despite previous plans to replace both aging platforms in coming years.

    "There is not a retirement date for the U-2 in this budget," Maj. Gen. James Martin, the Air Force's deputy assistant secretary for budget, said during a budget briefing at the Pentagon on Tuesday. "We plan to keep that platform well into the future."
    Air Force gives new life to A-10 Warthog aircraft - CNNPolitics

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    The comments are good. Need the proper tool for the mission. There is a time & place for f35 and a10.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQr4Zbr-e1k McCain gets in a fight with a general over the A10

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Also slow moving and an easy target for modern technology.
    if see and kill grounfd targets is the JOB.. zooming past at 1200 mph and leave.. ain't good. The Go Fast brass in the USAF had WANTED to KILL of the Warthog.. then.. it proved... it's HARD to kill. In our last 3 wars....the warthogs were STARS. The enemy FEARED them. In Kuwait... if there''s a Warthog up there, you abandon your tank and RUN like hell.

    Maintanance? Warthogs are rather low upkeep but if The Supersonic guys in the brass unfund PARTS etc.. then they can say.. oh.. sad it's now "obsolete". As our ONLY plane designed for Close Air Support.... no go gofast/thin skin plan will replace it. Give us a Next Gen Warthog.. I'm FINE with it. To thing you replace those tuff tank killers with "whatever' is CRAP.

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