Mark Ayton spoke with US Air Force personnel responsible for planning and staging this summer’s light attack experiment held at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
LIGHT ATTACK EXPERIMENT MILITARY
The US Department of Defense’s procurement system needs lifesaving heart surgery: there can be little doubt about that. Current major weapon system programmes for the US Air Force, like the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II and the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker are two, unfortunate, but shining examples. Somebody, somewhere in the gargantuan US Department of Defense has, perhaps, finally realised the costs of its current system to the United States, not just staggering in monetary terms but also those associated with slips in combat capability and ultimately mission success. So, what does this scenario have to do with a US Air Force experiment, staged this summer in New Mexico involving two souped-up trainers, a crop duster and an experimental jet?