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Posted: 8/22/2017 3:43:23 PM EDT
Air Force Light Attack Experiment

This month at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, an unusual event is occurring. For the first time since the end of the Vietnam era, the Air Force is conducting a flying experiment with combat aircraft. This nontraditional event, bringing together four major commands and three industry partners, was put together in only five months. The cost is in the single digit millions. Here, a mix of test pilots and operationally experienced aircrew are putting four light attack aircraft through their paces. The method? Experimentation. The objective? Learn. The Air Force is interested in assessing the potential of low-cost, commercially developed ground attack aircraft to conduct the kind of combat missions that have composed the vast majority of combat missions in the last 25 years. The light attack experiment is the first large-scale experiment of its type in decades.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:45:06 PM EDT
... that's pretty fucking cool!
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:14:50 PM EDT
I want a new, from the ground up, A10 designed.

A-11 Plasma II?
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:45:16 PM EDT
Go Airtractor! Fill that 800 gallon tank with a mix of pig's blood and alcohol.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:56:26 PM EDT
done and the A-10 wins
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:59:16 PM EDT
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done and the A-10 wins
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LOL it's too expensive to operate and is missing a sensor operator.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 5:02:55 PM EDT
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done and the A-10 wins
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No, it really doesn't.  Too much per flight hour for the missions it can actually do in 2017.
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