JSF Alternative-Super Tucano
This is not just another fantasy of yours truly. David Axe reveals it as reality:
The U.S. Navy has revealed that it has leased a Super Tucano propeller-driven light attack plane, pictured, to support U.S. Special Operations Forces, with another three on the way…
Close air support is arguably the most important tactical air mission, but the Pentagon has refused to make it a priority. The last time we built a dedicated CAS airplane was the mid-1980s, with the last batch of A-10s. The Super Tucano represents an almost breathtaking return to common sense… A decade from now, tiny fleets of F-22s and F-35s will form our conventional air deterrent against major rivals, endlessly deploying on “show-of-force” missions, while Super Tucanos, Reapers, gunships and helicopters do all the actual work in the dull, dirty, distant wars that we’re likely to be fighting.
More of an A-10 replacement, but the F-35 is supposed to sub for the Warthog. Yeah, just like the F-16 was supposed to do!