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E' anche "un modo nuovo per fare affari" ...


The light-attack experiment that is ongoing here isn’t just a way to evaluate a possible new close air support aircraft, it’s a test to look at a new way to do business for the Air Force.
“We have to think about things in new ways, identify new capabilities faster than we have done in the past,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Wednesday at Holloman AFB, N.M.

 

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"Getting a closer look at the aircraft participating in today's light attack demo.
Less than 5 months from an idea to experimentation."
P.S. ... vedo che c'è una pagina twitter dedicata alla sperimentazione in atto con interventi delle giornaliste Lara Seligman di AW&ST e Valerie Insinna di DefenseNews ...
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E' un pò di tempo che questo argomento non viene trattato ... pertanto ...


The Air Force will soon test drive commercially developed light attack aircraft, dropping real weapons in real-world combat missions before deciding if it wants - or can afford - to buy the aircraft.
The light attack aircraft evaluation is partially an experiment in whether USAF can effectively deliver ordnance in low-threat areas with less sophisticated aircraft.
It is also a test to see whether the service can get needed capability more quickly, working with industry to drive down the costs and time lines of acquisition.
“Our adversaries are modernizing faster than we are, and it’s up to the United States Air Force to drive innovation,” service Secretary Heather Wilson said in August at Holloman AFB, N.M.
“We have to think about things in new ways and identify new capabilities faster than we’ve done in the past.”

 

Fonte: airforcemag.com ... How the OA-X Might Change Air Force Acquisition ...

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OA-X ... fuori Scorpion ... dentro Wolverine e Super Tucano ...

 

The US Air Force has excluded the Textron Aviation Scorpion light attack aircraft from the next phase of the OA-X experiment, leaving the Textron’s AT-6 Wolverine and the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano as the finalists for a potential follow-on acquisition deal.

 

Fonte: flightglobal.com ... USAF rejects Scorpion for OA-X, names A-29 and AT-6 finalists ...

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L'USAF accantona i fondi in vista del futuro acquisto di velivoli da attacco leggero ...

 

The Air Force has set aside $2.4 billion in the five-year future years defense program to start buying a new fleet of light attack aircraft, Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters on Friday after an AFA Mitchell Institute event on Capitol Hill.
The service announced earlier this month it was scrapping the planned combat demonstration in favor of a second experiment with two of the four original participants.
That experiment, which will take place this summer at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., will be focused on integrating sensors onto the aircraft.
“We put a wedge in the five-year plan because basically we intend to buy light attack aircraft and we intend to buy them very rapidly,” said Wilson.

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Intanto ...


Newly-formed Bronco Combat Systems on 21 February launched the Bronco II light attack aircraft for the US military market, leveraging the South African-designed AHRLAC platform with a US-based mission systems integrator named Fulcrum Concepts.
The announcement on the eve of the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando adds yet another platform to a growing field of competitors chasing the US military’s on-again, off-again interest in light attack aircraft.
Inoltre ...

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L'USAF ha fretta e sta tentando di anticipare l'acquisto del velivolo 'economico' ...

 

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-considers-accelerated-light-attack-aircraft-buy-446742/

 

http://aviationweek.com/aviation-week-space-technology/momentum-builds-us-air-force-light-attack-buy

 

L'articolo di AW&ST necessita del login ...

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'Incoraggiamento' dell'USAF ai paesi alleati ...

 

USAF Urging Allies to Buy Light Attack Aircraft As Well ...
The Air Force not only wants to procure a new light attack aircraft for itself, but also for as many allies as possible to help combat extremism around the world.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, speaking Friday at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., said the service’s ongoing light attack experiment is focused on finding ways to fly counter violent extremism missions more affordably in a permissive environment.
The two finalists have shown they are capable of flying attack and surveillance missions, and the service wants them “to be able to train with partners and allies because [the aircraft] are less expensive to fly, and less expensive to maintain.”
The Air Force is encouraging allies and partners to look at buying the same aircraft if it is within their budget, she said.
The experiment will kick off its second phase at Holloman AFB, N.M, later this year with the two finalists - Textron Aviation’s AT-6 Wolverine and the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano - set for further evaluation.
At the end of the experiment, the Air Force could buy the aircraft.
Last month Wilson told lawmakers the service might consider reprogramming money to get the aircraft faster.
- Brian Everstine

 

Fonte: il sito dell'AFA in data odierna ...

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Dal sito che hai citato :

 

.....Phase two of the light-attack experiment will also focus on the aircrafts' abilities to network and operate in coordination with foreign militaries.

“We are looking at this through the lenses of allies and partners because a big part of the light-attack experiment is a common architecture, information [and] intelligence network,” said Gen Goldfein.

The USAF plans to experiment with “building and operating an exportable, shareable, affordable network to enable air platforms to communicate with joint and multi-national forces and command-and-control nodes,” the USAF chief of staff’s office added in an email. ....

 

Insomma una betoniera con le ali travestita da F-35 per i poveri . Quante " fasi " ci vogliono per un coso del genere ? .

 

" The USAF chief of staff’s office " potrebbe anche dirlo , via email . O via Twitter , così lo legge anche Trump.

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Mantenerli costerà anche una pipa di tabacco, ma mi piacerebbe sapere se avrebbero il coraggio di far operare uno di questi frullatori in teatri come la Siria...
Mettere in piedi una linea COIN per teatri come l’Afghanistan? Temo che all’USAF in fondo ne siano meno convinti di quanto non lo siano oggi con l’A-10 e la convinzione è direttamente proporzionale all’impegno che si dimostra su questi teatri (della serie “ci piacerebbe tanto se gli Afghani si arrangiassero con i loro frullatori” senza che a comprarli fosse la più forte aeronautica mondiale)...
L’A-10 per contro ha una flessibilità tale che ne ha sempre ostacolato il ritiro, nonostante i palesi limiti: qui ai limiti si aggiungono altri limiti e si presenta il tutto a costo più basso. Basterà? Sarà veramente basso?
Non lo so, ma a me sa tanto di dejà’vu…
Prendo i Bronco, ma 30 anni dopo è sparito dai reparti e oggi non riesco a far a meno degli A-10; come Fighter Mafia mi invento il Lightweight Fighter, ma 45 anni dopo mi ritrovo con l’F-16V che pesa 9 tonnellate a vuoto e che ha un successore in un cacca stealth che ne pesa oltre 13, prendo gli Sheridan da 15 tonnellate, ma dopo 50anni mi ritrovo solo con gli Abrams da 65 e tanti bei blindati sempre più pesanti, prendo le LCS, salvo poi accorgermi che “forse” era meglio avere delle fregate che mi ero “dimenticato” di comprare negli ultimi 30 anni……

 

Magari sono solo buone idee che hanno fatto il loro tempo o che loro malgrado non convincono del tutto, ma qualcuno li chiamerebbe risparmi di Maria cazzetta.

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The US Air Force suspended its light attack experiment at Hollomon AFB in New Mexico after the fatal crash of a Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano on June 22.
The USAF is examining the data collected thus far in the about a month-long second phase of the experiment to determine if it has enough information to end the contest early.

Fonte ... FlightGlobal ... https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-suspends-light-attack-experiment-and-looks-to-e-449818/

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Holmes Says A-29 Crash Won't Derail Light Attack Experiment

The head of Air Combat Command doesn't think the recent crash of an A-29 participating in the service's light attack experiment will derail the program.

Gen. Mike Holmes, speaking with defense reporters in Washington on Thursday, said the experiment is "on pause" as investigators determine what caused the crash last weekend at Holloman AFB, N.M., that killed a Navy pilot.

"We have suspended flying operations" pending a safety review board, Holmes said, and while he voiced the Air Force's condolences for the pilot's family, he said he doesn't think the accident will have a "chilling effect" on the project, which looks to explore whether lightweight, inexpensive-to-operate turboprops can substitute for fast jets in a permissive environment and serve as a collaborative platform with less technically advanced allies.

Holmes said, it's well understood that "aviation is unforgiving," and the accident doesn't invalidate the concept being explored.

Since "it's not an operational mission, … we can take a pause" and wait for the safety and accident boards to do their work.

"We'll look at the data and decide whether we want to go forward with the program," he said, but he's not aware of any immediate reason to terminate the effort outright.

The A-29 and AT-6 have been "flying since May" developing additional flight data on "sortie rates and … sustainment," Holmes said.

— John A. Tirpak

 

 

Fonte ... il 'Daily Report' dell'AFA del 29 Giugno ...

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Il ‎25‎/‎06‎/‎2018 in 22:18 , Flaggy ha scritto:

Mantenerli costerà anche una pipa di tabacco, ma mi piacerebbe sapere se avrebbero il coraggio di far operare uno di questi frullatori in teatri come la Siria...
Mettere in piedi una linea COIN per teatri come l’Afghanistan? Temo che all’USAF in fondo ne siano meno convinti di quanto non lo siano oggi con l’A-10 e la convinzione è direttamente proporzionale all’impegno che si dimostra su questi teatri (della serie “ci piacerebbe tanto se gli Afghani si arrangiassero con i loro frullatori” senza che a comprarli fosse la più forte aeronautica mondiale)...
L’A-10 per contro ha una flessibilità tale che ne ha sempre ostacolato il ritiro, nonostante i palesi limiti: qui ai limiti si aggiungono altri limiti e si presenta il tutto a costo più basso. Basterà? Sarà veramente basso?
Non lo so, ma a me sa tanto di dejà’vu…
Prendo i Bronco, ma 30 anni dopo è sparito dai reparti e oggi non riesco a far a meno degli A-10; come Fighter Mafia mi invento il Lightweight Fighter, ma 45 anni dopo mi ritrovo con l’F-16V che pesa 9 tonnellate a vuoto e che ha un successore in un cacca stealth che ne pesa oltre 13, prendo gli Sheridan da 15 tonnellate, ma dopo 50anni mi ritrovo solo con gli Abrams da 65 e tanti bei blindati sempre più pesanti, prendo le LCS, salvo poi accorgermi che “forse” era meglio avere delle fregate che mi ero “dimenticato” di comprare negli ultimi 30 anni……

 

Magari sono solo buone idee che hanno fatto il loro tempo o che loro malgrado non convincono del tutto, ma qualcuno li chiamerebbe risparmi di Maria cazzetta.

 

E della serie "Come Volevasi Dimostrare"...

 

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Nel frattempo, però, dall'Afghanistan il focus si è spostato sulla Siria, dove un SUPER TUCANO già non sarebbe adeguato; e ben poca utilità potrebbe avere contro Russia e Cina.

 

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Sembra sempre più probabile che l'ipotizzata flotta di 300 Light Attack Aircraft non si materializzerà mai.

 

http://www.portaledifesa.it/index~phppag,3_id,2776.html

 

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La notizia ... secondo il 'Daily Report' dell'AFA ...

http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2019/January 2019/Donovan-No-Buy-of-Light-Attack-Yet-More-Experiments-More-Types-to-Consider.aspx

Sembra evidente che l'USAF stia attualmente attraversando una fase di ripensamenti ... anche alla luce di quanto sta avvenendo con lo F-15X ...

Vedasi,  per quest'ultimo, la discussione che gli è dedicata ...

 

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Il 22/1/2019 in 23:47 , TT-1 Pinto ha scritto:

La notizia ... secondo il 'Daily Report' dell'AFA ...

http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2019/January 2019/Donovan-No-Buy-of-Light-Attack-Yet-More-Experiments-More-Types-to-Consider.aspx

Sembra evidente che l'USAF stia attualmente attraversando una fase di ripensamenti ... anche alla luce di quanto sta avvenendo con lo F-15X ...

Vedasi,  per quest'ultimo, la discussione che gli è dedicata ...

 

Ripensando ....

https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2019/03/m-346-usaf-light-attack-experiment.html

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