DARPA launches search for unmanned A-10 replacement

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencycould demonstrate within two to three years a new unmanned aircraftdesigned to provide aerial cover for troops in close proximity to enemyforces.

Proposals from industry are requested by DARPA by 21 February todemonstrate in 2012 or 2013 an unmanned component for a next-generationclose air support system. The complete system may eventually assume arole now traditionally served by the Fairchild A-10 and other manned fighters, such as the Boeing F/A-18 and Lockheed Martin F-16. Continue reading…

The role has traditionally been filled by the Fairchild A-10:

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(Photo: USAF/Staff Sgt Aaron Allmon)

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