A-10 Warthog retirement debated after replacement’s role in ‘friendly fire’ deaths | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

A-10 Warthog retirement debated after replacement’s role in ‘friendly fire’ deaths

The five fatalities occurred on June 9, when a B-1B strategic bomber — a planned replacement for the A-10 — dropped a 500-pound bomb squarely onto U.S. soldiers protecting a helicopter landing zone.

An investigation showed the flight crew lacked basic knowledge about the bomber’s sensors, which did not have the capability to detect friendly infrared strobes worn by soldiers that night. Not knowing the sensors’ limitations and not seeing any strobes, the crew unleashed the deadly bomb.

Because the B-1B is billed by Air Force top brass as one of the replacements for the war-tested and infantry-loved Warthog, those trying to save it increasingly are citing the tragedy.

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As the high-tech weapons continue to fail, the people on the ground want to go back to the low-tech that actually worked!

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