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FWIW a system like Trophy does an aircraft no good. The system defeats the incoming warhead to the point that it can't penetrate the armor but against an unarmored target like an aircraft skin or an unarmored vehicle one would take a tremendous amount of damage from the defeated warhead. In short, Trophy keeps armored vehicles from getting penetrated. An unarmored vehicle would still look like swiss cheese.
More on Trophy: http://gruntsandco.com/israel-introduces-anti-rpg-technology-gaza-us-implications/
As for standing up its training it can leverage some of the Air Force's infrastructure. This is why the Air Force send airmen to Ft. Benning to go to the Army's airborne school.
Of course these aren't the real objections though. The Air Force will do ANYTHING to keep the Army from owning armed fixed aircraft or fixed aircraft at all. Look at the C27J story, a classic example of Air Force obstructionism.
Current drones do not carry the ordnance load and none have guns (data latency makes the use of guns impractical). Then there's the problem of acquiring ground targets and maintaining situational awareness with the sensors we have today (like looking through a straw). We're a long way from CAS drones. That'll be likely when we have drone fighters.
Longer than the F35 if you are measuring them with the same standards. If the F35 has to enter the effective range of those ADA systems the F35 is less survivable unless it's carrying a ninth of the A10's ordnance to maintain stealth (2k vs 18k lbs).
This is the gimmick F35 proponents use to cook the books. They use examples where the A10 has to close with the target to use the gun but don't apply the same standard to the F35 who they say will use PGMs. The same PGMs the A10 can use but they don't employ to make the A10 more vulnerable.
The A10 is fully capable of operating from unimproved runways and the Army does operate fixed wing aircraft from fixed bases during both wartime and peacetime ops.
Is this meeting documented anywhere?
The funds are there and they can be moved. How do you think the Air Force came into being?
Heavy? Yes in comparison to most compact and sub compact pistols. When it comes to full size guns it is one of the heavier ones with all steel construction but not exorbitantly. M9 = 2.6 lbs, 1911=3.0 lbs