On January 16, 2017, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator John McCain, issued a White Paper (about 10 MB, PDF) with a whole range of good looking ideas (eg.
- higher rate Virginia SSN production,
- medium aircraft carriers in addition to the Ford CVNs,
- frigates larger and instead than the Littoral Combat Ships in several years time
all worth discussing in Submarine Matters articles next week.
Meantime the short article below is about McCain's light-attack fighter suggestion:
One choice that may serve as a light attack (counter-insurgency) fighter is the Bell Textron Scorpion jet.
USAF Chief of Staff General David Goldfein said 300 light-attack would be a good idea and that Scorpion, Embraer’s A-29 Super Tucano (propeller) and Beechcraft’s AT-6 (propeller) might all be possibilities. Any others?
I see many objections coming from the industry, many pilots and revolving-dooristas of the USAF, USN and Marines. Some objections may be valid, most not.
Is the McCain, Goldfein idea of a light-attack fighter a good one?