Pentagon conducts F-35 vs A-10 fly-off ‘farce’ | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Pentagon conducts F-35 vs A-10 fly-off ‘farce’

“The tests, as designed, are unlikely to reveal anything of real value about the F-35’s ability to support ground troops in realistic combat situations—which the F-35, as the presumptive replacement for the A-10, must be able to demonstrate,” an analysis published by the Project on Government Oversight (PGO) said.

Air Force leadership is in a difficult position, hard-pressed to replace the aging A-10 close air support attack plane with the astronomically expensive F-35. But that means successfully demonstrating that the F-35 can outperform the A-10 in a close air support fly-off.

There is no way that this test, according to the PGO article, would be able to demonstrate that.

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