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Colin P said:There is always money to be had, if you are the chosen ones, Who is the chosen ones depends on the government of the day, crisis dejour and political capital to be spent or gained.
I am not saying it is the fleet I am a part of. I am saying it is across the not only the RCAF, but the CAF (the do less with more funding program). IF you are adding multiple Sqns of aircraft, that is going to cost a few dollars. Where are their hangers going to be, the hangers have to be heated...its more than just aircrew and maintainers and a bit of gas.
These are niche capabilities...outside of the one-sie/twosie mission sets, what is their capability? If you were going to do something like this, I'd expand it into the MAISR project instead of relating it to anything fighters...because fighters can do CAS. I see this type of CAS (the little single prop bug smasher type airframe) and I think lower, slower and that makes it a target for...lots of stuff.
If the GoC isn't willing to use existing strike aircraft to drop iron on targets such as ISIS..why bother buying a lower/slower platform to do something we aren't even doing now? ???
Fit a couple of '140 with the kit needed to do CAS, let the fighters do it, get attack helicopters and add them to the TacHel world (1 or a combo of any of those...doesn't matter)...I don't see a need or reason to have a one-of mission aircraft in an air force that isn't funded well.