|Quoting zanl188 (Reply 2):|
We need Guard and Reserve units.... but...
Trouble is, in USAF anyway, is that Guard and Reserve are difficult to schedule for deployment, they don't deploy as long as active duty units, and they are unable to stay multiple rotations in a deployed location.
|Quoting ebj1248650 (Reply 4):|
My understanding is that the Air Force is doing away with the A-10s to make room for F-35As. Now, whether the Guard and Reserves will get F-35s in the future might well be up in the air.
|Quoting mayor (Reply 5):|
Perhaps this is another example of the Air Force wanting a weapons system that is a jack of all trades but master of none.
|Quoting Venus6971 (Reply 6):|
Another way of saying that is an aircraft that is not good at anything.
|Quoting mayor (Reply 5):|
Considering how much more expensive the F-35 is than the A-10, I find it hard to believe that they would want to use it like they have the Warthog. There's no proof that it's durable enough for the job. Perhaps this is another example of the Air Force wanting a weapons system that is a jack of all trades but master of none.
|Quoting ThePointblank (Reply 8):|
The bottom line is, as remarkable as the A-10 is, it isn't the only machine that does close air support. Even the massive B-52 and the B-1 can do CAS.
|Quoting mayor (Reply 9):|
I really doubt if you want the B-52 OR the B-1 to loiter around the battlefield as the A-10 can, waiting to be called in.....awful big target.
|Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 11):|
Inexpensive platform firing (relatively) inexpensive ammo while using less fuel than everything else maybe including the Apache with devastating firepower and accuracy and loiter time.. I hope we never get rid of it! And I'm a fast jet fan, but this plane fills its role perfectly.
|Quoting ebj1248650 (Reply 12):|
Great as the A-10 is, it's interesting that the Air Force has no programs in place to design and produce a replacement specifically to fill the niche the A-10 will one day leave vacant. It appears hi-tech is taking the place of simplicity and reliability.
|Quoting mayor (Reply 13):|
I think that's mainly because the Air Force has never liked that role or the A-10, for that matter......they would rather the Army or Marines do it. They don't have a replacement, not because hi tech is taking its place, it's because they don't want the job, anyway.
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