For my last post of the day….I would like to return to my ranting about the new strategic fighter, the F-35……..or as I like to call it….the expensive brick!
When I heard the the US military was thinking about replacing the A-10 Warthog with the ultra-modern F-35 I went into full ranting mode….I have been defending the honor of the Warthog…..but in case you missed some of the post I have written….a little reminder……
I seldom have much good to say about the Repubs in Congress…..but I will come to the aid of Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, has put a whammy on the Pentagon about the F-35……
One of the central issues in the debate over retiring the U.S. Air Force’s A-10 attack jet has been whether or not the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be an adequate replacement to perform the close air support mission.
The program office has issued a number of conflicting statements on the issue. And in this week’s Senate Armed Services Committee update on the F-35 program, the most heated exchange came when Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, sought clarification about conflicting statements Air Force leaders made regarding the mission — and which aircraft would perform it.
The ‘Hog can continue its mission with only one engine….the F-35 cannot successfully reject the pilot when in trouble…….the F-35 is a BRICK!
Finally someone is putting the Pentagon on the spot for their attempt to replace the best thing that can happen in combat…..the ‘Hog shows up in close ground support o the troops.
The A-10 can be upgraded for a fraction of the cost of a piece crap that is making NO progress in a “new” weapon for close ground support…..why ditch what works?
Here’s an idea….ask a grunt which he would prefer to see come to his/her rescue……I will wager that the A-10 wins hands down.
If one truly wants what is best for our troops….then the A-10 is your choice. Period!