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  •  Not only that, but cutting the A-10 program is (3+ / 0-)
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    VelvetElvis, ItsaMathJoke, Simplify

    stupid.  It is the only aircraft not a helicopter that can do close ground support, has a very high survivability rate and costs much less than the F35 ($11.5 million vs. $135 million per aircraft).  The Army loves the A-10, but I guess the Air Force needs the more expensive toy.

    To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

    by dizzydean on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:12:00 PM PST

    •  I still think (2+ / 0-)
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      RandomNonviolence, dizzydean

      that drones can do the job, not just cheaper, but with even less risk of loss of life in case the aircraft gets shot down.

      •  Hi kos...I don't think the drones are at the stage (1+ / 0-)
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        yet to be as effective.  The A-10 has a lot more firepower (the drones currently only have two Hellfire missiles attached) and can use its 30mm gun to take down targets that a missile would not be able to.  They can also make multiple strafing runs if the target is infantry.  

        We have only lost 5 A10s since they were brought into the inventory in 1976 (4 during the Gulf War) so the risk to the pilot is pretty low.  

        I guess if we fought Russia or China there  might be a higher casualty count, but it seems that the pilots are pretty safe in the vehicle, especially given its survivability rate after being hit.

        The Air Force seems to believe that guided munitions deployed from the F35 at a distance is the answer.  But, as we know from other "smart" technology, what is advertized as accuracy in target acquisition is not always the truth upon further review...

        To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

        by dizzydean on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 04:08:12 PM PST

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