Small Wars Journal

Save the A-10: Give It to the Army

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:22pm

Save the A-10: Give It to the Army by Everett Pyatt, Real Clear Defense

… Despite widespread recognition of this success, the Air Force wants to junk all 340 aircraft by 2020.  In order to achieve significant savings, the Air Force must cut entire fleets, says Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Retiring the A-10 fleet would achieve a projected $3.7 billion in savings, a decent chunk of the $12 billion the Air Force must cut each year under sequestration.

The Air Force never wanted this aircraft from the start in the 1970s.  It was designed to be a tank killer in Western Europe. Never used in this role, it became a weapon of significance killing armored vehicles in Iraq and providing close air support to ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. But it has never really been accepted by the Air Force…

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