Another topic that often attracts a great deal of interest, even the Chief of the General Staff made several points about £70m Typhoon’s providing Close Air Support and surely, something cheaper would do.
In this post, I came down firmly on the side of using fast jets for CAS when compared the the likes of Super Tucano’s
But with platforms like Harvest Hawk, C295 gunships and the crop spraying tank busters like the Air Tractor and Iomax, am wondering if I was wrong.
Maybe there is a place for low cost CAS, especially with the growing abilities of precision direct and indirect ground launched munitions.
I also like the idea of ‘upstream engagement’ using air power, just with something that is affordable for the typical nation we would be engaging with.