Two warplanes as being considered to replace the American A-10 ground attack close-air-support [CAS] aircraft.
One merely a concept, the other much more than that!
1. "The Machete: The Super Plane That Could Replace the A-10 Warthog (Or Not)?"
"Stavatti, the mercurial, Minnesota-based aerospace start up, has dusted off its old proposal for a new attack plane to partially replace the U.S. Air Force’s venerable A-10 Warthog."
Fires missiles and rockets, drops bombs, has the 30 mm cannon. Comes in either a jet or a turboprop drive version. That latter a pusher. At this exact moment a concept only on paper. Pilot only no weapons officer.
"The Machete, which is still just a concept, would come in two variants optimized for close air support — the propeller-driven SM-27 and the jet-propelled SM-28. Stavatti has proposed other variants of the Machete for air-to-air combat and advanced training."
2. "ARCHANGEL MANNED STRIKE"
"Archangel is a combat proven attack platform that fuses aircraft, crew, sensors, and weapons with long duration on-station times. Archangel seamlessly flows between the Find, Fix, and Finish tasks on station, capable of employing GBU-12/58 Laser Guided Bombs, AGM-114 Hellfire, and CIRIT 2.75” Laser Guided Rockets."
Drops bombs, fires missiles and rockets. NO gun! Already in the air and flying. A two-seater, pilot and weapons officer.
Also previous blog entries the topic of which was CAS warplanes: