Libya Ops Show Need For Lower-Cost Strike | AVIATION WEEK

Although much of the focus of Libya strike operations has been on platforms such as the Tornado GR4, Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale fighters, one lesson emerging from the conflict is the need to have a low-cost aircraft to support such prolonged operations.

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There’s a reason carrier air wings used to have two squadrons of Skyhawks and only one of Intruders…

Seriously, how much sense does it make to have a $40mm F-16 or $80mm F-15E flying top cover in a permissive environment?

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    1. I’m too lazy to dig through the archives, but I’ve mentioned the Bronco many times. It’s one of my all time favorite planes.

  1. Brad, I hate to rain on your parade, but there is a major flaw in your choice of the Bronco. You would have been around the DOD long enough to know better. The flaw is you are using “Common Sense”. As my Dad always said, “Common sense is not all that common.”

  2. If the A-10 had the legs, there was no reason to leave those at home for something like Libya. We had a NAS at Sigonella in Sicily, but I think that was a bit far for Mr. Warthawg. But the point about expensive, highly maneuverable AC in a permissive environment should be well taken.

    I don’t think VX’s love of the Frog Foot is misplaced at all.

  3. We are flying the wings off our A-10s and for that matter all of our tactical aircraft. Sooner or later we will have to pay the piper for all the stuff we have done to and with the military inventory in the last 10 years. This is going to get ugly.

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