A-10 Warthog downed by budget cuts while P-8 spy planes $2.1B contract has been awarded to Boeing. Saving money in one area of military budgets while spending in another shows shifting priorities. According to The Christian Science Monitor on Feb. 26, the A-10 Warthog was key to successful mission in Afghanistan.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said scrapping the plane was a "serious mistake" and vowed to fight it.
The Air Force's A-10 Thunderbolt tank-killer aircraft, known as the A-10 Warthog, is part of President Obama's plan to revamp the military. Retiring the A-10 is expected to bring savings of over $3.5 billion.
P-8 spy planes on the other hand are an area of growth for the military according to an article in Reuters. Boeing was awarded the contract for 16 P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft valued at $2.1 billion.
The A-10 Warthog retirement over the new orders for the P-8 spy planes could indicate a preference for spy missions rather tan military combat missions in the future. The new P-8's are based on Boeing's 737-800 commercial airplanes. The planes will replace the Navy's P-3 which will be retired after 40 years of service.
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