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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 Jeffk464 on 4/14/2014 1:08:52 PM , Rating: 2
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U.S. military was looking to retire single-purpose aircraft in favor of multirole aircraft


WTF the A10 is the cheapest thing to operate in the Air Force. Everyone I talked to that worked on them said they are like commercial airliners, just put more fuel in them and send them back up. In Desert Storm they had by far the highest operational ready rate. No way replacing them with F35's will save money and the F35's will no doubt not be as good as getting down in the dirt for close air support.


By Bad-Karma on 4/14/2014 1:15:25 PM , Rating: 2
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WTF the A10 is the cheapest thing to operate in the Air Force.


Ah.. negative. I've seen a young no-stripe airman with a push broom effectively sweep the aircraft parking apron in just a couple of hours!


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