Weapon Wednesday – Warthog Gets a Propellar


My Favorite Attack Aircraft Ever! A-10 Warthog

A partial replacement for the A-10 Warthog has reached a key milestone, with lawmakers backing a $400 million investment in the program. The OA-X program, designed to procure a light attack/observation aircraft, could see up to 300 aircraft purchased by the U.S. Air Force to take over aerial warfare in low-intensity conflicts.

The Air Force took one step closer to fielding a fleet of up to 300 light attack aircraft. Funding for the OA-X, or Observation, Attack, Experimental aircraft was included by Congress in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, other

A-29 Super Tucano in OA-X trials.

wise known as the 2018 Defense Budget.

OA-X is an attempt to develop a low cost weapon and sensor platform for close air support duties. The Air Force expects to use the aircraft over conflicts that don’t involved high tech adversaries like Russia or China, where the biggest threat is a light anti-aircraft cannon or a shoulder-fired surface to air missile. OA-X could have supported U.S. forces against the insurgency in Iraq, or today’s conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, and the Philippines.

This summer, four candidates for the program, the Textron ScorpionHawker Beechcraft AT-6 WolverineEmbraer/Sierra Nevada Super Tucano A-29, and Air Tractor AT-802U were all tested at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico in a variety of simulated missions from convoy escort to supporting friendly ground troops in contact. Earlier this fall the Air Force proposed sending two of the aircraft, the Wolverine and Super Tucano to fly real missions in a conflict zone.

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Podcast – Time to Scrap the F-35 Fighter – Obama’s Latest Gun Control Measure – Young Man Shoots a Burglar

In this episode I discuss the monumental waste of taxpayer (that’s us) dollars that is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. You would think at $100 million a copy it could at least get off the ground. And this the technological marvel which is supposed to replace the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt – the Warthog.

Segment two is a look at Obama’s latest attempt at gun control as he and his administrative hacks will attempt to require the use of smart gun technology for the military, law enforcement and all of us.

In segment three I discuss a brave young man from Alabama who shot an intruder while he was home alone. Although it was a happy, there are two sides to this story. read more