The A-10 Warthog suffering from budget cuts has led to a national discussion on the classic jet possibly being grounded by 2015. While the Warthog has long been a favorite of many U.S. military troops since its inception back in 1977, the future of this effective aircraft might be nixed due to funding limits next year. The Inquisitr shares this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, that the overall loss of this jet is expected in an attempt to save the U.S. millions of dollars in the next several years.
A-10 Warthog budget cuts are receiving both support and criticism by opposing parties this week. The original name for this classic aircraft is the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II. Before its less impressive nickname, The Warthog, the jet was named after the iconic P-47 Thunderbolt utilized during World War II. Yet the close air support jet — due to its rather hefty and homely design — soon left it with the better-known moniker, the “Warthog.”
While greatly appreciated by a number of American ground troops, enemy forces are no doubt envious of the powerful aircraft. The A-10 Warthog has particular effectiveness in supporting U.S. ground military forces, striking down armored vehicles with its distinguished firepower and defensive survival capabilities.
Unfortunately, it seems that the Warthog may now be nixed due to cuts in funding. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced this week that the A-10 might very well be taken out of commission by 2015 due to encouragement from the Pentagon. The aircraft loss is being pursued so that the U.S. might save up to an estimated $3.5 million over the course of five years. Similar cuts by the Pentagon budget also affect substituting U-2 spy planes with Global hawk drones as well as limiting overall Army personnel below 450,000 — less than numbers during pre-World War II times.
The F-35 jet is being considered to replace the bulky aircraft, but there are those who think losing the A-10 Warthog to budget cuts is wrong and impractical.
“(The F-35) is a long way off and isn’t designed to do what the A-10 does best. I have consistently fought that proposal (to ground the A-10) and will continue to do so. (The A-10) plays a crucial role in protecting our troops on the ground — a role that cannot be suitably replicated by any other aircraft in the military inventory.”
Adds another political source:
“Instead of cutting its best and least expensive close air support aircraft in an attempt to save money, the Air Force could achieve similar savings elsewhere in its budget without putting our troops at increased risk.”