ADIOS A-10C THUNDERBOLT, REEMPLAZO SERA EL OA-X DE LA USAF

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ADIOS A-10C THUNDERBOLT, REEMPLAZO SERA EL OA-X DE LA USAF

Mensaje por GREYHOUND el 6/8/2017, 8:17 pm

USAF set aside requirements for OA-X experiment

04 AUGUST, 2017 SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM BY: LEIGH GIANGRECO WASHINGTON DC

Four platforms are flying this week at Holloman AFB, New Mexico for the US Air Force’s light attack OA-X experiment, but the makeup of those aircraft might have turned out differently had more contractors come forward to participate.

Three turboprops -- Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, Embaer A-29 Super Tucano and L-3 Communications AT-802L Longsword -- and one jet -- Textron's Scorpion -- are participating in the USAF’s Combat Dragon revival, each seeking a yet-unfunded opportunity to claim a potential follow-on contract to produce hundreds of light air support aircraft.

Conspicuously missing from the group of light attack platforms is IOMAX’s Thursh 710-based Archangel turboprop. Like the Longsword, the converted crop duster is not equipped with an ejection seat.

The USAF’s OA-X solicitation listed seven criteria necessary to participate in the experiment, including a pressurised cockpit with a zero-altitude ejection capability and ability to employ Paveway II laser-guided bombs, aerial gunnery and guided and unguided rockets.

But none of those "must-haves" in the original solicitation were applied to the field of competitors for the demonstration. Instead, the USAF now confirms that the requirements were set aside since less than five aircraft joined the demonstration.

“We did not have more than four platforms that satisfied the participation criteria, so we never had to use it,” a USAF spokeswoman says in a statement to FlightGlobal. “We think we've got the right aircraft to explore cost-effective attack platform options in the light attack experiment.”

Archangel’s absence from OA-X was a business decision based on the USAF’s initial requirements, a company spokeswoman tells FlightGlobal. The UAE-funded Archangel production line is moving on to other opportunities, Iomax says.

“IOMAX is now heavily focused on customer priorities and expanded business opportunities, which preclude entering the OA-X assessment process, regardless of requirements or criteria,” the spokeswoman says.

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Mensaje por GREYHOUND el 6/8/2017, 8:28 pm

LOS CANDIDATOS AT-6 WOLVERINE, SIERRA NEVADA A-29 SUPER TUCANO,


SIERRA NEVADA A-29 SUPER TUCANO
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BEECHCRAFT AT-6 WOLVERINE
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AHORA SI DENSE VUELO CRITICANDO AL WOLVERINE
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Mensaje por GREYHOUND el 6/8/2017, 8:30 pm

US Air Force OA-X light attack experiment also about networks

Pat Host, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
08 June 2017

The US Air Force's OA-X light attack experiment will focus on networking capabilities as much as the platforms. Source: Boeing
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US Air Force emphasising network capabilities in OA-X

Top officer says victory in future goes to best networked military

The networking capabilities of the aircraft participating in this summer's US Air Force
(USAF) light attack aircraft experiment (OA-X) are equally important to the aircraft's commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) capabilities, according to the service's top officer.

"That's the next step of the Combat Dragon series," USAF Chief of Staff General David Goldfein told the US Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) 6 June. "It's not only to look at the platform, it's actually to look at the network it rides on."

Gen Goldfein said the USAF is focusing on networking because victory in the future will go to those who can connect together capabilities. He said getting the network right and having common system architecture and standards among the four US military services will be important.

"We're going to have parts that are exquisite, that penetrate, and those that stand off," Gen Goldfein said. "The challenge for us in the future, to move forward, is how do we connect them?"

There are two potential phases of OA-X, or as Gen Goldfein dubbed it Combat Dragon III. Phase one, the experiment, will take place in July at Holloman Air Force Base (AFB) in New Mexico. Here, the USAF will host a live-fly capabilities assessment, according to service spokesperson Captain Emily Grabowski.

Capt Grabowski said 7 June USAF personnel from the 704th Test Group at Holloman AFB will fly participant-provided, experiment-suitable aircraft in scenarios designed to highlight various combat missions and associated tasks. Highlighted missions, she said, include close air support (CAS), air interdiction, combat search and rescue (CSAR), and strike co-ordination and reconnaissance.

Capt Grabowski said the phase one assessment will include employment of commonly used fighter/attack aircraft weapons in order to assess capabilities of COTS aircraft for traditional counter-land missions.

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Mensaje por T-6 texan el 7/8/2017, 12:07 am

Creo que es un error reemplazar el A-10 que ha demostrado ser de los mejores aviones de ataque a tierra en el mundo.
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Re: ADIOS A-10C THUNDERBOLT, REEMPLAZO SERA EL OA-X DE LA USAF

Mensaje por Aerovias Guest el 7/8/2017, 12:49 pm

A ver... no es reemplazo del A-10. Oficialmente es un programa experimental, y es un demostrador de capacidades bajo costo contra objetivos ligeramente defendidos. Ataque "ligero" barato.

Y también va a complementar y aliviar a la flota de F-15E & F-16 puesto que sale muy caro estarlos usando para esas misiones en espacio aéreo permisivo como Afganistán,Iraq, Filipinas, Siria... de hecho ya hay algunos viejos Broncos y PC-9s dando CAS al JSOC contra ISIS. También lo que era Blackwater desarrollo un AT-802 artillado y ya lo usan en África.

El A-10 seguirá volando hasta por lo menos 2030 (pueden seguir hasta pasado 2040) y su sustituto seria lo que salga del programa AX-2.





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