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327 weeks ago @ DoD Buzz - F-35 and A-10 to Squar... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yes.

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/

327 weeks ago @ DoD Buzz - F-35 and A-10 to Squar... · 0 replies · +1 points

Transfer the operational funds, aircraft and personnel the Air Force is using TODAY to operate the A10 and fund the Army for the resource it now owns. It's silly to say the Army doesn't have the budget for the A10. Of course it doesn't. It doesn't own any. Once it owns the platform CONGRESS and not the Air Force will decided if the A10 continues to fly. We both know this is a red herring though.

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.

327 weeks ago @ DoD Buzz - F-35 and A-10 to Squar... · 0 replies · +2 points

What's the political cost of a lot of dead soldiers or an over run base?

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.

327 weeks ago @ DoD Buzz - F-35 and A-10 to Squar... · 0 replies · +3 points

Ronin - VERY true! The F35 proponents always seem to forget the F35 loses its stealth when it has to carry more than a ninth of the ordnance load the A10 does.

327 weeks ago @ DoD Buzz - F-35 and A-10 to Squar... · 1 reply · +2 points

You aren't buying a new A10. You're rebuilding an old one. The trainer is a brand new aircraft. It's applicable to overhauling an already paid for car vs buying a brand new one. In any case it's a FRACTION of the F35's cost.

327 weeks ago @ DoD Buzz - F-35 and A-10 to Squar... · 0 replies · +2 points

"Guess how long an A-10 would survive against an enemy equipped with the 2S6 Tunguska or a Pantsyr S-1"

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.

327 weeks ago @ DoD Buzz - F-35 and A-10 to Squar... · 0 replies · +1 points

The Air Force will never voluntarily transfer funds to the Army but the Senate Bill looking to make the move in 1990 directed it.

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?

327 weeks ago @ DoD Buzz - F-35 and A-10 to Squar... · 0 replies · +1 points

Where are the funds? What funds are being used TODAY to operate the A10?

The funds are there and they can be moved. How do you think the Air Force came into being?

327 weeks ago @ Kit Up! - Beretta Argues M9 Upgr... · 0 replies · +2 points

All pistols require practice. The 1911 is not difficult to shoot accurately. There are quite a few President's One Hundred tabs out there earned with it.

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

327 weeks ago @ Kit Up! - Beretta Argues M9 Upgr... · 0 replies · +1 points

The program is actually a joint Army/Air Force program and the Marines are observing.

Wrong again...