Friday, November 28, 2014

Warthog New Mission

A-10 Thunderbolt

(Washington, D.C.) News stories over the last few months have indicated that President Obama's downsizing of the military budget included the demise of the A-10 Thunderbolt (aka Warthog).

In a new development, the A-10 will now be deployed in the Middle East to fight the Islamic State.
A squadron-sized element of A-10 Thunderbolts arrived in the region during the week of Nov. 17-21, according to the Air Force. The aircraft were previously being used in Afghanistan.

The move marks the first time the ugly but battle-proven jet, also known as the “Warthog,” has been thrown into the fight against Islamic State, which controls much of Iraq and Syria. The A-10 is a slow, low-flying plane that can unleash massive amounts of firepower against enemy ground forces while conducting close-air-support missions.
It doesn't seem logical to retire a proven weapons system strictly for budget cuts. I believe the Pentagon could squeeze some dollars to keep the A-10 ready and deadly.

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