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  1. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    Right so if anything the F-35 absurdly biased toward CAS. And for all the "but what do the grunts on the ground think!?" I have yet to run into a single grunt that is pro females in the infantry (well other than for the obvious and non combat after dark related reasons) CAS is nice rare, but nice. That cant hack it gal is going to be around morning noon and night, falling out, unable to drag or fire carry ya if you get hit. A-10s are irrelevant with the issues we are seeing with females. Yet we are told that ship has sailed and get used to it regardless of performance. No need to check with Grunts there. In fact see that you dont.
  2. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    The Marines have been neck deep in the F-35 from the get go. They use F-18s and harriers for CAS, consider every Marine to be a rifleman, and take great pride in the ability to perform CAS including taking actually pilots and folding them into grunt units. Back in the early 1990s the usmc went to the skunk works and wanted a F-18/harrier hybrid. Basically an F-18 that could STOVL for the purpose of CAS. Moreover we dont have theoretical notions of aircraft that are not A-10s performing CAS. Not A-10s have been performing real life CAS in real Combat for coming up on 17 years straight all over the globe. Even if an F-16/18 and F-35 are nearly exactly the same in CAS. We know then by extention that the F-35 can perform CAS. Which of course we already knew anyway. The Marines were very unhappy when the USN retired the iowa-class battleships. Apparently big guns+armor+grunt approval didnt mean much. Why does the navy hate grunts? Why are they so cheap? Only with the A-10 do grunt lives matter, and only then because they can be used again as the bargaining chip for political leverage. You know "wont someone think of the children!" Mumbo jumbo. But with "muh troops" inserted for "children" The only "test" regarding A-10s and F-35 and CAS is whether the F-35B or F-35A is uniquely suited or better than the other variant. Would love me some F-35Bs In USAF markings lol
  3. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    So did the last "new guy" John. Cut the crap. Both sides have had about equal time to crack this nut, plenty of great quotes to throw all around and lots of promises broken. At this point I'll just be happy if ANYONE just stops making it worse. The whole reason these comparative tests are even being run is because a few years back the boss told the military that iraqistans were a thing of the past and it was time to worry about things elsewhere, which put this ball in motion only to rudely slapped back into reality-- that iraqistans are actually the future, and in more even more places. And we aren't winning. They're only moving and expanding. But you snark away there, and see if we cant get the thread locked. I think the A-10 will win in Afghanistan just as much as I think it would have changed Vietnam. What was that joke you told us in the world war 3 thread. 2 Russian generals are sitting in Paris at the end of world war III and one asks the other "who do you think won the air war?" And the other general replies "I think NATO did" One could say that the political obsession with a weapon that makes a populous feel good about the war while we are in the process of actually losing it, is propaganda. But that's just me. "1 million A-10s forever! Rolling down the line like sausages, we will bury you back into the stone age! " The simple fact is when this comparative testing came up years ago, people said flat out. That who won would depend on how they set the test. A Troops in contact in a permissive environment will favor the A-10. While say providing support for an embassy evacuation in a non permissive environment (fighter, SAMs) would favor F-35. Shrugs in wasted money
  4. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    We aren't being asked because we would tell you other platforms can perform CAS as well and in some cases with advantages over the A-10. So the mic isnt being passed our way, instead in true political fashion we have loudmouth politicians jumping on every trope and stereotype while claiming it's how we feel, and that it's also (inexplicably) unanimous even self evident so theres no need to look into it at all. We watched a certain senator from Arizona actually TELL the military he knew more about their operations than they did. Naturally screwing up several facts in the process. And that was not even questioning a grunt... And since we're in ask a grunt mode how do the Taliban feel about the A-10? They love it because it further fetishes a weapon their enemy thinks is effective, but it doesn't control a single village, or hold any actual territory. It's not a new problem. Those A-10 YouTube videos are awesome, and they give us warm fuzzies, but we are losing, And not by a little. We are losing in other ways too, most people dont even consider or fathom.
  5. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    But what do the grunts think? We're like the soccer moms, or whatever voting block is always critical to win over
  6. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    Indeed. We are noble savages, and our opinion is all that matters I would think grunts would be included in the "worked with" category, but hey. The grunts are all in lockstep agreement on this one actually. We would all rather die than get direct support from anything other than an A-10 there i said it. Literally die. Harriers actually have superb safety records but grunts on ship like to sabotage them, what's a harrier anyway? We want A-10s not an airshow gimmick. We lost a lot of good men as well with the brutal but important "no casevac unless it's a huey" policy. Skids or bust. It's been really awkward all these years when other platforms show up, and of course there hasn't ever been an A-10 in Marine inventory, so the whole usmc wing is basically a farce. Double awkward since we're a grunt force, by and for grunts (but never bought A-10s?!) The US alsos send other aircraft and even CVNs to the middle east. I have no idea why really. CVNs dont have A-10s. Why do they bother? Boredom? Budget? I have no clue. Why? Why? There is not a single naval aviator wearing those wings of fools gold that has actually provided grunt approved CAS, since the introduction of the A-10 (this is back when it was a tank killer, before it was grunt support king) And I've lost track of how many troops in contact and CAS engagements always end with "oh so you have ordnance and fuel but aren't an A-10? Well thanks for calling I guess. We'll let you know." Feel like a real weight is lifted off my shoulders here. Now everyone knows. Not only is the F-35 not an A-10, but nothing else is either. And its A-10s or nothing. So the navy, marines, big air force and of course our allies (not even one A-10 amongst the lot!!) Can stop bothering with the charade now. The noble grunt has spoken. I speak for all grunts and let it be known, that the F-35 is not grunt approved, and the services had better act accordingly Cancel the test, then cancel the F-35. And question. Does the navy consult the USMC, and especially seek out the opinions of 03s before it makes any choices and strategic decisions? Because that's never been my experience. So When did that change? I dont like being used as a pawn. The "wont someone think of the grunts" argument has become sickening to be honest.
  7. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    You mean just ask the military government employees who use and work with these aircraft every day, including the F-35 guys with A-10 backgrounds?? Then there would be no need for the DOT&E tests, and that's just silly
  8. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    Waste of time and money, and I didnt expect POGO suddenly drop the A-10 and favor the F-35 ever. When this whole thing was brought up years ago, I predicted that if the F-35 won people would simply dismiss it. How the test is set up would favor the winner F-35 cant win, even when it does. Imagine the mighty Tomcat flying against the super hornet in the early 2000s...
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  10. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    Well thats that
  11. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    You basically have no basis to compare the troubles with ALIS with current avaition admin systems and logisitics systems in place, so all snark aside I want to know what the current system is and comparative failure rates, cyber security, down times, and other problems current systems utilized in the Navy and USMC especially overseas. Since you can't even name it I'll assume you don't know anything about the either that or ALIS. Whats frustrating about this is, the current system blows up and screws up all the time, but thats fine. No worries there since the F-35 catches all the headlines. Surely ALIS is much much worse. Its the same problem we saw earlier in the thread when we had Whitey freaking out about F-35 ready rates only to discover the older Hornets are actually doing worse. But thats ok. Thats fine. No one cares when a system crash effects the entire fleet of a certain legacy aircraft. Thats boring. "I have no idea what we are using now, but it has to be better!!' Nope. If you don't have anything to compare it to, what do you really know? and are you actually interested in learning? or is it just a whine fest? You think the current system doesn't have deployability and connection issues? Have a good one. not going to waste my time explaining the differences and even if I could, it would be met with more of the same so I'll bow out.
  12. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    It will never be full up. EVER Ok what is it specifically? I'm all ears. How does the current system handle this, and can you name it? How does the current system handle this, and can you name it?
  13. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    No it can't. F-35s have only been flying with virgin sacrifices to the voodoo gods with Marines since 2012. Its why you can't find any virgins around Marines
  14. TaiidanTomcat

    F-35 news roundup

    If they can't fly without ALIS, and ALIS is still not full up. How have F-35s been flying the last 10 years? You can't imagine avaition logistics computers and software operating in Afghanistan or Iraq?
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