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    Miiiire Centinela!!

    Le tengo un videito:

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    Ah bueno, si, pero es que...

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    Otro articulo que resume muy bien los demás artículos ya posteados:

    The A-10 Warthog Political Battle

    Original plans were to retire the A-10 in 2028. In 2007 the Air Force awarded a $1.1 billion contract for Boeing to replace the fatigued wings of operational A-10s, extending their service life until 2040.

    However, as the wing replacements were still ongoing, the Air Force announced it would axe A-10 squadrons due to budget cuts. In addition to cutting the A-10, thousands of personnel positions were eliminated and flying hours were drastically reduced across the Air Force.

    Air Force leaders had decided that it could no longer sustain a single-role fighter. Multi-role fighters like the F-15E, F-16, and soon the F-35 would pick up duties that the A-10 performed. They argued that it was antiquated, vulnerable to new ground defense systems, and that multi-role aircraft could deliver more precision ordnance than the A-10.

    Army leaders scoffed at this, recognizing the critical difference between the A-10 and the faster jets. The A-10 gets right down “in the weeds” with ground troops in combat. Pilots can more easily identify targets and separate the good guys from the bad guys. Not to mention the psychological impact – its presence is tremendously motivating for friendly forces and destroys the enemy’s will to fight. The Army even considered buying the A-10 Warthog for a very short moment.

    There was a lot more going on behind the scenes. A string of questionable acts by Air Force leaders was revealed in 2015, showing they were being more than disingenuous about the A-10 Warthog.

    In January 2015, Major General James Post told a group of pilots that if any of them went to Congress about the A-10, they would be charged with treason. Post was fired after an investigation ordered by Senator John McCain.
    Later that year, Air Force Chief of Staff General Welsh attempted to justify retiring the A-10s because they were so easy to hit during the first Gulf War. He cited that 70% of A-10s suffered battle damage. Later, a study showed that the number is actually closer to 13%. This glaring disparity was later attributed to the General incorrectly remembering a briefing.
    A video surfaced in 2015, presumably made by Air Force Combat Camera, highlighting the role of the A-10 in combat in Afghanistan. Air Force officials sought to suppress the public release of this short film, as it came out right when Air Force leaders were arguing that the A-10 was becoming obsolete and should step aside to make room for the pricey F-35.

    Also that year, an unnamed Air Force official supplied a reporter at USA Today some unbelievably doctored numbers to paint a picture that the A-10 is responsible for more civilian deaths and fratricide than any other airplane. Date ranges were inconsistent across the reporting and rates were omitted in favor of raw numbers, all incriminating the A-10 for something that other aircraft are more responsible for.

    Future of the A-10 Warthog

    Kills for an A-10 Thunderbolt II, or A-10 WarthogThe A-10’s important role in current operations against ISIL has proven to leaders that there’s really nothing that can fill its shoes right now. Air Force leaders have finally admitted that operational costs of the F-35 are prohibitively high to operate it at the same daily rate that the A-10 is flying. Further, they conceded that the F-35 couldn’t fill the CAS role of the A-10. As a result, the retirement of the A-10 has been put on hold until a “cheap” CAS replacement can be found.

    But it took an act of Congress to bar the Air Force from retiring the A-10 Warthog. In the 2015 defense appropriations bill, Congress allocated money to keep the A-10 flying for at least one more year. The Air Force didn’t fully comply with the intent of this bill. They cut funding for upgrades and moved aircraft into “non-flying” status, reducing the number of aircraft available to fly combat missions contrary to direction from Congress.

    So in the 2016 version of the bill, Congress had to explicitly order the Air Force to not cut manning, move aircraft to storage, or cut maintenance costs.

    The A-10 will continue to lead sortie rates for manned aircraft operations in the Middle East for now. The battle is far from over as the Air Force looks for other ways to kill the A-10 to free up money for the F-35 and drop the CAS mission from Air Force doctrine. As long as Congress keeps intervening, it looks like the A-10 Warthog will be safe from the boneyard for some time to come.
    Otro mas interesante aun:

    The Air Force's Rationale For Retiring The A-10 Warthog Is Bullshit

    The fact that the USAF is so willing to throw away 300 of the finest close air support platforms ever invented just to save the cost equivalent of 30 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters is total bullshit and both the American taxpayer and those who bravely fight our wars on the ground should be furious.

    The Air Force wants to "replace" the A-10 some time in the future, hopefully, with something not nearly as "elegant," to use their own words, but still capable of the basic close air support (CAS) mission. Elegant is not a term not usually associated with this brutish killing machine, but there is little doubt that the Warthog accomplishes its mission with almost an artistic flare. This "something" the USAF brass touts is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. In the meantime, our soldiers will be left getting close air support from "adequate" high-performance fighter aircraft, Predator and Reaper unmanned systems, and huge aircraft built originally as strategic bombers.

    During an interview with Defense News Air Combat Command chief Michael Hostage stated:

    "I would dearly love it to continue in the inventory because there are tactical problems out there that would be perfectly suited for the A-10. I have other ways to solve that tactical problem. It may not be as elegant as the A-10, but I can still get the job done, but that solution is usable in another level of conflict in which the A-10 is totally useless. It does not make any sense to cut the other program and keep A-10s if I have to give one up for the other. I really save the big bucks when I take an entire [platform] and shut it down because I save the squadrons of those airplanes but I also save the logistics infrastructure, the training infrastructure and all of the overhead."

    The fact that General Hostage acts like he has no choice in the matter when it comes to shutting down the entire A-10 program, which equates to close to 300 aircraft and their support infrastructure, is bogus. Doing so would reportedly save only a measly 1% of the USAF's total yearly budget of close to $110,000,000,000, and that savings would only be programmed over the next few years.

    The A-10 is a national treasure, and the hundreds, if not thousands, of American and allied soldiers it has saved over decades of combat operations will attest to this. Regardless of the Warthog's undeniable effectiveness on the battlefield the aircraft has always been the unwanted straight-winged step child of the USAF. In fact, the boys in blue have tried to kill the A-10 program since its very inception, and have repeated their assassination attempts time and time again. Strangely, these attempts usually come quickly after the aircraft has performed marvelously in combat and has saved the lives of our troops on the ground while taking those of our enemies with great prejudice.

    It would seem that the supersonic, pointy nosed fighter jet culture that has always prevailed in the USAF's top echelon only praises the A-10 when they desperately need it, then when such a time passes, it returns to being their budgetary sacrificial lamb.
    Last edited by Centinela; 17-01-2018 at 02:07 PM.
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