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A-10 Warthog Aircrafts Cut in New Military Budget
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A-10 Warthog Aircrafts Cut in New Military Budget, Hagel Announces
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Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 02:32 PM

By Clyde Hughes
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I think this is a stupid move. The A10 is a great plane and I bet the guys that needed them on the ground would agree. I think these cuts are a big mistake. JMO YMMV


Among the new military budget cuts recently announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is the retirement of beloved tank-busting A-10 Warthog aircrafts.

According to The Associated Press, Hagel said eliminating the Warthog would save $3.5 billion over the next five years. The Air Force currently has more than 300 Warthogs available to provide low-flying air support for ground troops.

On the battlefield, the A-10 Warthog would fly below the clouds to engage enemy soldiers and tanks in close proximity to friendly forces, per PBS NewsHour. The cockpit is protected by a titanium shell and bulletproof glass. The aircraft's .30-millimeter Gatling gun fires nearly 4,000 rounds per minute.

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte called the retirement of the A-10 a "serious mistake" and is threatening to fight against the move.

Hagel told the AP that while it was a "close call" to end the use of the A-10, the Air Force will not hurt from the decision, considering the addition of Lockheed Martin's new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/a-10-wart.../id/554932
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I think it is a good idea. They need to put these in surplus stores with the cannon intact. Pass a pics check... buy the plane.... enjoy.
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Genius. We need to save some money so we'll replace a 12 million dollar aircraft w/ a 150 million one which isn't appropriate for the mission. Let's see them try to fly close air support in a unarmored supersonic like the F35... once they can get the POS working.

I guess Lockheed has a lot of friends on the appropriations committee.
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Good. Cut cut cut.

Justin
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Not good.

F35 = Money Pit
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This guy Haggle is an idiot, along with our King. You are watching the systematic destruction of the U.S.Angry
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Maybe they realized that the A-10 didn't have enough Chinese made electronics in it? Dodgy

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/con...-s-weapons
According to official documents cited by Reuters, which first exposed the administration’s controversial issuance of the waivers, the Pentagon allowed two U.S. arms manufacturers to avoid sanctions despite legal restrictions on using Chinese components. The parts in question include important magnets used in the controversial F-35 fighter (shown) program, already under heavy fire for cost overruns, delays, being unnecessary, and more.

The military aircraft program, run by Lockheed Martin, is expected to cost U.S. taxpayers close to half of a trillion dollars. Two of the firms supplying the F-35 program, Northrop Grumman Corp and Honeywell International Inc., were reportedly allowed by the administration to use Chinese-made parts in the new fighter planes’ radar systems, landing gear, and other important hardware. Depending on the situation, malfunctions of components or even espionage and sabotage could prove deadly.

According to the documents cited in news reports, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ investigative service, is probing at least three instances of Chinese-made parts being used in the F-35 program. The investigation was reportedly requested by U.S. lawmakers concerned about damage to American industry — and especially the prospect of having the U.S. military become more dependent on a potentially hostile foreign power just to produce its weapons and keep them operational.
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das;136189 Wrote:This guy Haggle is an idiot, along with our King. You are watching the systematic destruction of the U.S.Angry

Do you realize that out of control military spending is why the US is under crushing debt, and the real destruction of the US?

It ain't illegals, welfare, social security, education, Obama care, gays, or any other boogeyman that the right likes to invent to deflect your attention from the military industrial complex.

The military needs to be cut in half, at least, and returned to it's constitutional duty.

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Providing for the common defense of the nation is one of the duties of the government stipulated by the Constitution. All that other BS is not.
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