Anyone with reasonable exposure to the 'issue' could have done the same thing.If I thought anyone was interested, I could lead a little online systems engineering exercise. Except we'd have to endure the "Because Big Gun!" argumentation. You already know where I stand on that 'point'.
And Ohohohohohohoho the A-10 fanboys of the U.S. Nostalgia Force are going to go ape-you-know-what over this one.
After a week of concentrated study of its close air support (CAS) role, the US Air Force essentially has decided to stick with plans to gradually retire the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II and hand the CAS mission to the Lockheed Martin F-35.
1. Phase out A-10 and phase in F-35 (as planned all along)
2. Look at alternatives to fill any gaps during the transition (as F-35 capabilities mature).
That's not 'too complicated' is it?
F-35 optimal attack profile with GAU-22 vs.
A-10 Optimal Attack Profile. F-35 rounds per
square meter density is approximately double
A-10's even at a much longer, safer range.