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Monday, September 06, 2010

AirForce sees the handwriting on the wall

Air support could come from unmanned A-10s - Air Force News, news from Iraq - Air Force Times:
"An unmanned A-10 overhead and a joint terminal attack controller on the ground with the firing controls in his hands.

It’s not possible now, but it will be in the next few years, theoretically cutting response time dramatically and reducing errors in close-air support strikes.

The Pentagon’s advanced research arm wants an aircraft 30 miles from a firefight to be able to attack within six minutes of a request by a JTAC. The airman would access the plane’s targeting sensors, enter coordinates to multiple targets and send ammo flying."
An unmanned version of the A-10 could be flying demonstration flights by 2014.

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