Small Wars Journal

"A-10 Warthog Gets Reprieve Until 2028"

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 1:10am

Northrop Grumman Awarded A-10 Support Contract by Gareth Jennings, Jane's Defence Weekly.

… News that Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to maintain the A-10 out to beyond 2028 will be welcomed by many, US lawmakers among them, who feared that the USAF was looking to scrap the its fleet of approximately 355 A-10A/C aircraft.

In the current fiscal climate, the USAF had indicated that it wanted to divest itself of the single-purpose A-10 entirely, and to pass its CAS role onto the other multirole platforms, such as the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

While the F-35A will undoubtedly prove to be a highly capable air-to-ground attack aircraft, it lacks the payload (both in terms of variety and number of weapons carried), time on station, low-level accuracy, and even the psychological effect of the highly lethal and feared A-10. In particular, it will lack the A-10's iconic GAU-8 Avenger 30 mm Gatling-gun, and while the F-35A will have an internal 25 mm Gatling-gun, it will only carry 250 rounds compared to the 1,700 carried by the A-10…

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Brian Harris

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 3:38pm

I'm glad someone recognizes the impact the Hog has for the guys on the ground.

Now if we can get the Army to make the same decision to maintain the OH-58D instead of trying to replace it with Apaches.