USAF firming A-X requirements for A-10 alternative

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  1. Falcon

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    USAF firming A-X requirements for A-10 'Warthog' alternative
    A draft requirement document that articulated the US Air Force’s need for a new attack aircraft optimised for close air support missions is being circulated within the five walls of the Pentagon and will be reviewed by the service chief “this spring”.

    Lt Gen James “Mike” Holmes, USAF deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, says it’s the first step in the long process of planning and budgeting for an aircraft that might someday replace the hardy Fairchild Republic A-10. If approved by the air force chief of staff, a future close-air-support platform will be considered by a "planning choices” panel this fall for possible inclusion in the service’s five-year budget plan for fiscal years 2018-2022.

    “We are developing that draft requirements document and staffing it around the air force now,” Holmes said after an Air Force Association forum in Washington DC on 7 April. “When it’s ready, we’ll compare that to what we have available, compare it to keeping the A-10, and compare it to what it would take to replace [the A-10] with another airplane.”


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    AFAIK there are no existing US designs for an A-10 replacement. This would be something completely new.
     
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    They are creating the requirements now, based on that the different companies will come up with concepts and designs.
     
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    Wont that be a bit,to late?
     
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    Yeah if they want to retire the A-10 in a few years then we will have a big gap in CAS capability. The only thing I can think of that exists as a potential replacement is Textron's Scorpion, but that isn't really a good A-10 replacement, its more of a low cost jet for COIN. Maybe thats all we need. Is something like the A-10 even survivable against a conventional force in the modern world where there are Panstirs and S-400's?
     
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    I guess it depends on the senario,all Airdefence systems can be neutralized,the A-10 would be useful in such a situation.
     
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