Air Force Senior Airman Paul Willett cleans the inside of the canopy on an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Osan Air Base, South Korea, June 9, 2016. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo
Defense News: USAF Has Big Plans, But Little Money, For 'Warthog' Replacement
WASHINGTON — The US Air Force is still pondering if and when it can replace the A-10 Warthog, but outgoing Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has his own vision for the next close-air-support platform, which he wants to dispense different kinds of munitions as easily as a soda machine dispenses beverage cans.
Welsh, who is retiring in July, has admitted that the service currently lacks the funding necessary to buy a new close-air support (CAS) plane before the A-10 Warthog retires as early as 2022. Such a program would require more money than is currently expected over the next five years. However, the Air Force remains interested in a new aircraft, and officials are building a draft requirements document that could serve as a starting point for an A-10 replacement.
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