By Loren Thompson, Forbes: “The U.S. Seventh Fleet headquartered in Japan and the U.S. Fifth Fleet headquartered in Bahrain have barely a hundred warships and a few hundred aircraft to cover ocean areas stretching from the Horn of Africa to the Korean Peninsula.”
By Joseph Trevithick, The WarZone: “The U.S. Air Force has, without any apparent public announcement, begun a much-awaited comparative evaluation of the close air support capabilities of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter versus the venerable A-10 Warthog.”
By Oriana Pawlyk, Military.com: “While the congressionally mandated close-air support tests between the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and A-10 Warthog wrapped up last week, lawmakers may not be satisfied with the results as questions continue to swirl about how each performed.
(Air Force Times) The much-anticipated A-10 vs. F-35 close-air support fly-off has wrapped up before many people even realized the tests were happening, but a government watchdog group claims the tests were rigged in favor the Lightning II, a fifth-generation multirole fighter.