Arizona officials keep an eye out, as defense budget again targets A-10 aircraft

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 15:42:35-05

WASHINGTON — Arizona officials said they will fight to make sure that Davis-Monthan Air Force Base does not take a hit as a result of the Pentagon’s decision to retire 44 A-10 fighter jets, a mainstay at the Tucson base.

The reduction was included in the fiscal 2021 budget unveiled this week by the Trump administration, which said it plans to retire 44 “of the oldest and least ready” A-10s as the Air Force shifts to newer-generation aircraft.

The Pentagon said in a statement Tuesday that even with the retirements, the Air Force plans to have more than 200 upgraded A-10s in the mix as part of a “completely modernized” fleet.

“The Air Force sustains our commitment to the Air Force’s most effective close air support platform, the A-10, with $161 [million] to continue the re-winging and avionics upgrades of the aircraft,” the statement said.

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