A-10 Warthog May Live to Fight Another Day with Support from Lawmakers
April 14, 2014 9:41 AM
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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."
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RE: Great plane but less useful today than in the past
4/15/2014 1:34:47 PM
I said avoid a CONFLICT, not a CRISIS. Perhaps I should have specified that they will do anything to avoid directly being involved in a war. That is what I really meant.
On that note, USA gov will seemingly allow a crisis off our soil if it suits their "chess match". That's conjucture based on observation, but I think its reasonable.
I think you are under the impression that I think the USA gov is innocent in all of its actions; I certainly don't. I wouldn't even try arguing that because it's just not true. However, I do live on American soil nd believe America is the greatest nation to its citizens because, if its citizens got off their lazy asses in appreciable numbers, we COULD make a NON-VIOLENT difference. We're just too apathetic as a whole. Still, I'd rather be here than anywhere else. That's nationalism for ya.
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