It’s no secret that the U.S. military have plans to replace the A-10 Warthogs in the future. One aircraft that is in the conceptual plan phase is known as the “Machete” designed by Stavatti a Minnesota aerospace start-up company.
Stavatti is pushing (fighting for the big budgetcontract) to get their lightweight attack plane idea to the right people. This new lightweight attack aircraft is made from metal foam, this technology is lighter than the A-10’s armor but the material is more efficient at stopping projectiles.
There will be two versions of the Machete:
-Jet Engine SM-28
Both types are single-seat and single engine aircraft. Obviously, the Machete will be built around the infamous A-10 30mm GAU-8 Gatling cannon weapon system.
The A-10 Warthog have served the military a long time by providing close air support for our ground troops with great precisions. The following wild video highlights this attributes against a group of Talibans.
The Warthogs reminds me of my time as a Stinger (portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile) gunner back in the day. In the tracking portion of training, I had a chance to watch and track these beautiful machines move within the terrain to the targeted area. I was in awe of its maneuverability features as well as its Gatlin gun. Sorry for the reminiscent.
This video shows you the awesome power of its 30mm GAU-8/A Avenger is a hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling-type auto cannon weapon system. This gun can accurately place more than 60 rounds of 30 mm ammunition on target per second. This all happens asynchronously from nearly a mile in the air.