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License renewed? Air Force says it needs A-10 a bit longer, thanks | Ars Technica
rkish air base. Now, the Air Force is apparently reconsidering the timeline it has set for retiring the A-10, as the demand for the venerable assault plane's close air support capabilities rises yet again. According to a Defense One report, US Air Combat Command chief General Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle said at a Defense Writer's Group breakfast this morning that the Air Force "would probably move the retirement slightly to the right" because of the greater demands being placed on the Air Force's operational capacity in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. "Eventually we will have to get there, we will have to retire airplanes," Carlisle added, "but I think moving it to the right and starting it a bit later and maybe keeping the airplane around a little bit longer is something that’s being considered based on things as they are today and that we see them in the future." The Air Force has pushed Congress to retire the A-10 over the past two years as budget sequestration strained the service's ability to continue to pay for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Air Force leaders said they need to free maintenance crews to train on servicing and supporting the F-35 as well. But Carlisle said that the Defense Department is buying the F-35 more slowly than the service had expected a few years ago. And the Air Force is finding itself in an operational bind as a result. While maintaining the A-10 is expensive—the Air Force has had to scavenge retired planes for parts to keep them flying, since the last A-10 rolled off the assembly line in 1984—the congressionally mandated slowdown has prompted the Air Force to change its mind about keeping the A-10. A final call still needs to be made by DOD leadership on the A-10's retirement plans. But Carlisle said that the A-10 will get heavy rotation while it remains in the Air Force's fleet. "They’re a fantastic airplane and I’m going to take advantage of them," he said.
usaf  military  a-10  weapons  middleeast  isis  spending 
december 2015 by Kirk510620
Lasers Could Be Coming To The F-35 - Defense One
Force has recently become more bold in its predictions that a laser could be airborne by 2020. For instance, the Missile Defense Agency recently announced that they were revamping the Airborne Laser Program that was shuttered in 2012. The goal is to fly an
usaf  dod  weapons  laser  innovation 
october 2015 by Kirk510620
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