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Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 20 Nov 2021, 03:48
by jessmo112
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-navy-r ... 1637248615

Buisness insider has a great article.
Did the Navy miss an opportunity
To have a stealthy unavailable?
Will the NGAD take up strike missions?
Discuss

Re: Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 20 Nov 2021, 16:16
by madrat
F-35C is relatively better than just a stealthy A-6. Instead of racks of freefall 1,0000-pounders it will use standoff bombs that may not have the same bang but are much more likely to hit what they aim for. MQ-25 is going to project F-35C range, and F-35B when necessary, so its kind of moot to ask for a stealthy A-6 today.

Re: Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 20 Nov 2021, 16:46
by mixelflick
Couldn't read the entire article, but we've been here before. The flying dorito debacle... A-12 Avenger.

Beyond the fact the F-35C can do the job, I don't think you're ever going to see another "single mission" USN warplane (at least in the fighter/attack category). Budgets being what they are, any fighter built without a strike function is a non-starter. Likewise any "strike" bird with no ability to defend itself air to air is too IMO. You simply must do double duty as a fast jet these days, at least in the USN...

Re: Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 21 Nov 2021, 19:42
by wrightwing
I'm guessing UCAVs will eventually serve that function, in addition to F-35C/NGAD with stand off weapons.

Re: Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 21 Nov 2021, 20:28
by quicksilver
Dr Hendrix has written on this theme before —

https://www.cnas.org/publications/repor ... r-aviation

Re: Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2021, 08:16
by hornetfinn
mixelflick wrote:Couldn't read the entire article, but we've been here before. The flying dorito debacle... A-12 Avenger.

Beyond the fact the F-35C can do the job, I don't think you're ever going to see another "single mission" USN warplane (at least in the fighter/attack category). Budgets being what they are, any fighter built without a strike function is a non-starter. Likewise any "strike" bird with no ability to defend itself air to air is too IMO. You simply must do double duty as a fast jet these days, at least in the USN...


Agreed that F-35C is incredible aircraft for the US Navy and does everything they could want. Actually F-35C IS a stealthy A-6 Intruder, although it's also way more than that. F-35C has pretty similar maximum payload and range. A-6 great strength was awesome avionics (including FLIR and terrain following radar) and F-35 has currently by far the best avionics systems available anywhere and carries FLIR as standard (EOTS). Of course F-35 can do VLO stealth bombing at least as well as A-12 could've but can also do vast amount of other missions that A-12 or A-6 simply could not have (like air-to-air stuff). I don't see any reason for some new stealthy A-6 Intruder style aircraft when F-35C can easily do that and way more while being available and relatively inexpensive. I think best ways of getting more range would be improving tanking capability (MQ-25s), possibly addingEFTs and developing those Adaptive Cycle Engines.

Re: Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2021, 10:26
by Corsair1963
While, a Modern-Day A-12 Avenger would be nice. The current F-35C is really more than adequate....



"IMHO"

Re: Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2021, 11:51
by hornetfinn
Corsair1963 wrote:While, a Modern-Day A-12 Avenger would be nice. The current F-35C is really more than adequate....


How do you envision a modern day A-12 would be like and how would it differ from F-35C? What kind of missions it would/could do instead of what F-35C can do?

And I agree that F-35C is more than adequate... :D

Re: Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2021, 15:34
by jessmo112
I guess the thinking is that a much deeper magazine in stealth mode would be the answer.
Like the article cited an upsized ucas with about as much fuel as an F-35 but a deeper internal load.

Re: Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2021, 23:35
by element1loop
jessmo112 wrote:I guess the thinking is that a much deeper magazine in stealth mode would be the answer.
Like the article cited an upsized ucas with about as much fuel as an F-35 but a deeper internal load.


B-21

Re: Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2021, 23:45
by element1loop
hornetfinn wrote:And I agree that F-35C is more than adequate... :D


But don't you think the USN really, really, reeeally needs to blow half a trillion on a shiny new F/A-XX, to enter service nine years late, and $122 billion over budget? Or just go for Souper-doupa Lightning NEW GENERATION air power instead? Come on, you do want to spend half-a-trill for no reason don't you? Just think of all the contractors offering you a gig in your later years. Make the right choice for democracy mate!

Re:a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 25 Nov 2021, 01:08
by Gums
Salute!

Remember, the A-6 and A-7 and the A-1 were mainly used in combat for strike missions or CAS/CSAR. Good loadout and low altitude employment with "staying power". i.e. CAS where repeated passes were required.

Those days are gone, and we should just let them go for our high value platforms and the enemy we are likely to face. Let the small countries with all the warlords duke it out, no matter which side has the Tucano or other light attack variant.

As with the Intruder, we Sluf drivers could bring a dozen or maybe 2 less 500 pounders to the fray and stay long enuf to make a difference. The scenario we see in the future and today has nothing like what I and others faced in 'nam or even the newbies in Iraq I or 'Raqi II later. Handwriting was on the wall, huh?

Many factors now in play, and a bomb truck that has staying power does not seem in the deck.

Gums sends...

Re: Does the Navy need a stealthy A-6 intruder?

Unread postPosted: 25 Nov 2021, 08:22
by Corsair1963
hornetfinn wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote:While, a Modern-Day A-12 Avenger would be nice. The current F-35C is really more than adequate....


How do you envision a modern day A-12 would be like and how would it differ from F-35C? What kind of missions it would/could do instead of what F-35C can do?

And I agree that F-35C is more than adequate... :D


Pretty much a flying wing like the original A-12 Avenger II.