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"The Taliban hates the A-10. That’s good enough for me." -- Senator Lindsey Graham

In February of 2012, a report surfaced that said the U.S. military was looking to retire single-purpose aircraft in favor of multirole aircraft in large part due to budget cuts. One of the aircraft that was among those to be killed off was the A-10 Warthog. However, it looks as though some lawmakers want the venerable Warthog to fly for many more years.
The A-10 is a dedicated ground attack jet that has been providing close air support for decades. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R) has announced that she will push for amendments to be made to legislation that would retire the A-10 fleet.
The USAF has proposed the removal of the A-10 from its fleet by 2019 in part due to a 2011 deficit-reduction law. There are lawmakers on both sides of the isle that want to keep the A-10 flying, but they will have to find cuts in the budget elsewhere to make that happen.

The USAF maintains that by cutting the A-10 from the fleet it will save $3.5 billion over several years.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R) says that he has "been in theater enough to know what the troops say about the A-10." Graham added, "The Taliban hates the A-10. That’s good enough for me."
According to reports, many senior Army leaders, special operations troops, and soldiers in the field oppose the retirement of the fleet. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Oiderno recently stated, "Obviously, we prefer the A-10. [Soldiers] can see it, they can hear it, they have confidence in it."

Source: Defense News

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By MrBlastman on 4/14/2014 11:58:05 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure what more they could do to further upgrade the airframe. You could add air-to-ground radar but that kind of defeats the purpose of the A-10. You need to be pretty high up in the air and far away from your target for it to be of any worth and frankly, since the A-10 operates as CAS rather than pre-planned strike (as the F-16 / F-15D/E are far superior in that capacity), it is accumstomed to receiving 9-lines that the pilot can quickly enter into the navigation system and after that, his targeting pod helps him do the rest.

The A-10 is crude and effective. The C update pretty much gives it all it needs without making it a completely new airframe. About the only thing I can think of it using is some sort of helmet-mounted system with 3-dimensional targeting and telemetry to improve situational awareness... that kind of defeats the purpose of the plane, though--adding expensive gizmos into it. It thrives on redundancy and survivability.

By Bad-Karma on 4/14/2014 1:00:29 PM , Rating: 2
9-lines !!! In my B-52 days we always welcomed 9 lines just to help breakup the monotony. You just don't see them much anymore as they've become transparent behind the scenes to the user in more modern systems with JTIDS.

By MrBlastman on 4/14/2014 1:14:12 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. The as I see it, with the tie-ins the C variant gives it + the oldschool manual entry capabilities, it pretty much has evolved as far as it can go without completely replacing the airframe with something new like you suggested above.

Your A-10 operator receives a notification, he presses a couple hats/buttons and bam, he has the target on his moving map that he can SPI to with his pod, get a visual on it, relate it to the HUD and move in for the kill.

And for those missions that require more firepower, well he can do just fine as a forward air controller.

A helmet-sighting system would be really nice. I just don't see it happening. Not with all the money that has been spent doing the same thing on the F-35 (and the problems they have had with it).

By Bad-Karma on 4/14/2014 1:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
The program management office for the A-10 is only 5 doors down from mine here at Wright-Pat. What I can tell you is that some of the stuff on the drawing board for future A-10 Block/mod updates would blow your mind. The same is true for the 15 guys just down the hall.

A lot of us guys here eat sleep and breath aviation. Even lunch can be an aviation geek fest..

By MrBlastman on 4/14/2014 1:56:00 PM , Rating: 2
... you've piqued my interest. :) My imagination is going wild, suddenly.

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