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VIDEO: Killing time on the live-fire range

In between assignments in Fort Worth and Phoenix, I dropped by the Angel Thunder combat search and rescue exercise yesterday. Although based in Tucson, the exercise is conducted on a grand scale, covering ground from California to Texas.The particular scenario I was allowed to observe occurred on the live ordnance range near Gila Bend, Arizona.  […]

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DARPA calls for an unmanned A-10 — literally, perhaps

Since the moment on November 4, 2002, when a Hellfire-armed MQ-1 Predator whacked a car full of terrorists in Yemen, the idea was planted. It wouldn’t be long before armed, remotely piloted aircraft would be doing more than striking high value targets. They would be hovering somewhere over a gunfight, backing up the good guys […]

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US Navy wants rockets for ‘Hogs and Harriers

How about A-10s and AV-8Bs firing 2.75-in, precision-guided rockets!The US Navy posted this presolicitation notice on the fbo.gov web site earlier this week. Apparently, the US Air Force or Air National Guard is also on board, hence the A-10s. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) intends to award a sole sourcecontract to BAE Systems, Nashua, NH […]

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Pierre Sprey’s ideal US airpower fleet

Pierre Sprey — father of the A-10, co-father of the F-16 and ardent F-22/F-35 critic — has teamed up with ex-Vietnam fighter jock Col Robert Dilger to propose a fascinating vision for an “effectiveness-based” airpower fleet. (Read more here, pp 159-162) 4,000 smaller, more agile A-10s = $60 billion 2,500 turboprops as forward air controllers […]

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Everyone now gets a piece of the A-10

In case you haven’t heard, the role of prime contractor for the A-10 fleet is up for grabs. If you’re a defense company, that means hundreds of millions of sustainment and modernization dollars every year can be yours for the taking. Interestingly, I’ve just learned the US Air Force is taking a very different approach […]

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Newsflash: Boeing wins contract; nobody protests

Once upon a time (read: 2006), defense contractors didn’t file legal challenges against their biggest customer on contract decisions even if they KNEW there was wrongdoing involved. (Lockheed Martin’s loss of the original Small Diameter Bomb competition in 2003 comes to mind.) But all that changed after GAO upheld the first CSAR-X protest last January. […]

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