The Air Force is considering not one, but two replacements for the aging A-10 Warthog close air support plane. But analysts wonder why, given that the service is already building a new bomber (the B-21), a new tanker (the KC-46), a new fighter (the F-35A), they would want to build two Close Air Support aircraft in an era when trillion dollar deficits are once again on the horizon?
All the boxes are ticked for the Air Force to declare the F-35A ready for combat. Colin Clark, Editor at Breaking Defense, spoke with Gen. Hawk Carlisle and Lt. Col. George Watkins about the F-35's Close Air Support capabilities.
In the not-too-distant future, when ground troops call for close-air support, the ‘Ghostrider’ and its deadly arsenal could come to their rescue. The AC-130J Ghostrider is set to be the most heavily-armed gunship in history, bristling with 30mm and 105mm cannons, AGM-176A Griffin missiles, and the ability to carry Hellfire missiles and GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs.
In this exclusive article, John Doyle explores the A-10 and F-35 and the fly off that will be happening to determine the USAF’s interim Close Air Support capability. It is no doubt that information from this fly off will influence the potential OA-X acquisition. Read more to discover how this procurement has put the United States on the verge of a major capabilities transformation for close air support.