Category Archives: Light Air Support Contract & Afghanistan

LAS SAGA: RIGHT WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS FINALLY ON THE RIGHT TRACK…

The Senate has cut funding for 20 Light Air Support aircraft meant to backfill the precision fire support role for the Afghan Army once we have pulled the vast majority of manned airpower out of the Afghan theater. This is a passionate topic for me. … Read the rest of this entry

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WE PUT A MAN ON THE MOON IN LESS TIME THAN…

…it has taken for the DoD to field a precision light air support aircraft for Afghanistan’s fledgling Air Force! I have been pounding this for years, long before it was “a story.” This is a total disgrace for America and … Read the rest of this entry

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LAS Boondoggle Never Ends

First read this for an idea on where I stand on this issue: http://aviationintel.com/2012/10/08/karzai-begging-for-indigenous-aviation-assets-will-go-to-russia-china-and-india-if-us-does-not-act/ http://aviationintel.com/2012/12/21/your-broken-pentagon-usaf-will-re-solicit-proposals-for-the-las-contract/ http://aviationintel.com/2012/04/04/usaf-to-continue-las-bid-with-modificatins/ http://aviationintel.com/2012/10/12/iraq-to-buy-24-aero-vodochody-l-159s-usa-should-immedietly-purchase-the-rest-for-afghanistan/ The piece below says deliveries of the Light Air Support aircraft for the Afghans will be at best 14 months late since Beechcraft … Read the rest of this entry

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YOUR BROKEN PENTAGON: USAF WILL RE-SOLICIT PROPOSALS FOR THE LAS CONTRACT

Read this first: http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_12_21_2012_p0-531685.xml&p=1 This is so ridiculous. Forest for the trees people, if we do not train and equip Afghans to provide for their own precision close air support and surveillance we will be spending billions in that country … Read the rest of this entry

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IRAQ TO BUY 24 AERO VODOCHODY L-159s, USA SHOULD IMMEDIETLY PURCHASE THE REST FOR AFGHANISTAN

Please read this very recent Aviationintel piece for background: http://aviationintel.com/2012/10/08/karzai-begging-for-indigenous-aviation-assets-will-go-to-russia-china-and-india-if-us-does-not-act/ Iraq is increasingly looking toward arms sellers outside the USA for its military equipment needs. Just today the news broke the Al Maliki Government will be purchasing $4.2B worth of … Read the rest of this entry

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KARZAI BEGGING FOR INDIGENOUS AVIATION ASSETS, WILL GO TO RUSSIA, CHINA, OR INDIA IF US DOES NOT ACT

Operation Enduring Freedom is eleven years old as of yesterday, it is the longest war in American history… During a recent interview, President Karzai stated: “I asked the U.S. government to equip our air force with weapons, intelligence and transport … Read the rest of this entry

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FOLLOW UP: COMMENTARY ON APACHE ATTACK HELICOPTERS SEEN USING HELLFIRE MISSILES TO TAKE OUT SMALL GROUPS OF PERSONNEL

http://aviationintel.com/2012/08/02/the-ridiculously-lethal-apache-in-action/ In the video re-posted above that I put up a few days ago depicting a pair of AH-64D Longbow Apache attack helicopters decimating a whole formation of Taliban fighters maneuvering on friendly forces, the Apaches shown use AGM-114 Hellfire … Read the rest of this entry

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USAF TO CONTINUE LAS BID WITH MODIFICATINS

Just buy a damn aircraft already! Its a turboprop light attack and observation aircraft destined for another country for goodness sake, not a stealth bomber. The Brazilian built Embraer Super Tucano is better suited for Afghan use than the AT-6. … Read the rest of this entry

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AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING: USAF CANCELS LAAS CONTRACT OVER PROCUREMENT PROCESS ISSUES!

Yet another shining example on this Tuesday of the USAF’s uncanny inability to make straightforward decisions or run even a small procurement program! After years of morphing the counter-insurgency focused light attack aircraft requirement into a various programs, the USAF … Read the rest of this entry

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South Africa’s Paramount Group’s AHRLAC May Be The LAS Aircraft That The USAF Is Looking For

With all the talk about the LAS contract and the AT-6′s demise as a competitor, maybe the USAF is looking in completely the wrong place for it’s LAS solution. The Paramount Group’s Armed High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) is being built specifically for the missions … Read the rest of this entry

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Light Attack Bomb Shell: AT-6 No Longer A Contender For LAS

This really was a shocker. The AT-6 program seemed to have been the USAF’s favorite for the Light Air Support competition as the T-6 is already commonly used throughout the USAF as a trainer and it’s systems were well integrated and … Read the rest of this entry

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FINALLY, Someone Realizes That A High-Low Combat Aircraft Mix Is Not Only Logical But May Be Absolutely Necessary

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/asd/2011/11/10/02.xml&headline=Libya%20Ops%20Show%20Need%20For%20Lower-Cost%20Strike NATO seems to be realizing that a one size fits all, high-end only, fast jet inventory makes air campaigns that last months VERY EXPENSIVE. The dollars add up not just in operational costs but also when it comes to the flight time that gets racked … Read the rest of this entry

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THE USAF’s AT-6 COIN PLATFORM LOOKS LIKE A WINNER

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/awst/2011/05/16/AW_05_16_2011_p48-316178.xml&headline=AT-6%20Seen%20As%20Versatile%20Combat%20Aircraft&next=0 I am a BIG supporter of a dedicated CAS/FAC-A/COIN platform that can loiter for long periods of time and can deliver precision ordinance. Right now using F-16s and F-15Es for this task is like taking a Ferrari on a cross-country road … Read the rest of this entry

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