i'm a great F16 fan too (falcon 4.0 was my favourite game! ) but aren't those attack choppers like the Apaches meant to take the role of the A10 instead of fighter jets like the f16?Originally Posted by foxtwo
my point was Apaches aren't any better for CAS as compared to A10s, and that's very evidently proven in the e Gulf Wars, where the reliability of the Apaches was questioned due to many technical problems. Sure they have some kind of stand off capability with Hellfire missles, particularly if the Apaches are the Longbow variant, but ultimately, it is easier to take down a chopper than something the likes of an A10, no?
i know an f16 can handle the CAS role, but ultimately, how many AGM-65e Mavericks can an f16 carry before it starts to hamper its manoeuvrability to the point of it having to jettison its missles just to defend itself? My guess is not much. You will still need to organise additional F16 flights to provide escort, and probably flights of F16s maybe carrying HARM missiles to take out SAM sites.
in the end u're still back to a multi-flight setup with an A10, you will still be able to use that nasty gun to rip up enemy tanks even after it has expended its rockets and air-to-ground missles.