first published on February 19, 2017 by Will
It’s no secret that certain entities within the military have been wanting to scrap the dated A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” for some time, and a new conceptual plane known as the “Machete” may be the replacement.
Stavatti, an aerospace industry startup, is pushing the idea of a lightweight attack plane made from a metal foam material that was co-developed with the US Department of Energy. Although extremely lightweight in comparison to the A-10’s armor, the material is supposedly more efficient at stopping projectiles.
This new “Machete” aircraft will initially come in two different models: the propeller-driven SM-27, and the jet engine-powered SM-28, both will be single-seat and single-engine aircraft. Interestingly, the new aircraft will be built around the A-10’s infamous 30mm GAU-8 Gatling cannon.