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DarthRevan

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depends on the service for the marines it's the harrier II for the USAF it could be A-10, F-16 etc depends how modern you want to go.

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The A-10 was designed to replace the A-1 with the addition of "tank busting" to the CAS role. The losing Northrop A-9 (looked like an Su-25 in many respects) didn't have the massive gun and was pretty much pure CAS, no tank busting.

 

The AV-8B serves that role for the USMC, but it can't hold what an A-1 or A-10 can.

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As far as the CAS role in Afghanistan goes, the B-1B and the A-10 are pretty much it. Yes, I said B-1 and CAS in the same sentence. JDAMs are a beautiful thing. Especially with 28 of them and 10 hours of fuel to spare.

Edited by CowboyTodd41

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The last Desert Rescue exercise I participated in as NAS Fallon back in the 90's teamed us with A-10's as Sandy's. I still have the spent 30mm casing given to me by their ammo troops in the living room cabinet, next to the wife's fine dinnerware :cool:

Edited by firehawkordy

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