do we have time to do such thing with enemies on border ?
to now we are not sure if USF-I is staying or not ..
what about used fighters USAF is retiring that have more 3-10 years (F-16s can make sometime but F-15s dont have that much in its servicelife , we all know that this was very eventful two to three decades for USAF )
Why not look for Turkish/Korean/Chinese/Russian options other than US and Brazilian
US wouldn't sell that number at least not one time (but it is likely that our option is The Texans as we did request 36 and we can get it contracted whenever we want but it might fade just how Strykers fade for BTR4s as we requested 400 strykers and contracted on 271 one day)
Brazilian is into very good relations with Iran that might block the deal ,, and we are still "in war" and brazil's policy is like Sweden and such very neutral countries ..
Ah what about Swedish AWACS ? they might be very good option for AEW and ECM
and Big Gunships like Spartans or even AC-130 !!
here is some tips :
(Credits to Anand and DJ)
Thanks for Anand"Military officials say the air force is set to mothball the majority of its 67 two-seat Hawks and replace them with 27 Vinka planes."
Are they referring to this aircraft?:
I favor Iraq buying many new turboprops [for training, ISR and light attack] much as Brazil plans to use 199 A29 Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, or the way Turkey is buying over a hundred KT-1s and local KT-1 knockoffs
I favor the US buying them as well [and ISAF buying them for the AAF, and India buying more than the 60 KT-1s they plan to buy.]
It seems to me that the short list of possible turboprops that are possible buys are (in no particular order):
Valmet L-90 Redigo [also called Aermacchi M-290 RediGO]
A29 Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano
Air Tractor AT-802U [not sure how manouverable this aircraft is but it has 11 hardpoints and seems cheap]
Hawker Beechcraft AT-6B
KT-1C [Turkish knock-off being the TAI Hürkuş]
AC-27J Stinger II [OK, this is a big turboprop, but I think it is worth buying these since they are cheaper to operate per hour than the AC130]
AC-130 [I prefer buying fewer of these because they cost so much per hour flown, but they need to be considered relative to the other options]
The following documents compare these different turboprops versus each other:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_Atta ... nnaissance
http://www.special-operations-technolog ... -coin.html
user friendly table that compares various turboprops using metrics
Are there other light attack aircraft worth considering that I missed? Any good documents comparing the various light attack aircraft relative to each other?
What are everyone's thoughts on which of the above light attack aircraft might be optimal?
little sleepy i will see tomorrow if i missed something to ask about