A-10 — «the ugliest and the most beautiful plane in the world»

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Pentagon’s decision to withdraw from the fighting strength of the U.S. Air Force A-10 attack aircraft is a painful but necessary step to save money, reports news.yahu.com March 14.
Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh (Mark Welsh) at a meeting of the Congress said that the decommissioning of the 283 «killers tanks» will allow save for 5 years 3.7 billion dollars plus 500 million will be saved from the cancellation of the planned modernization of the stormtroopers. Savings will be used to fund other programs the Air Force, including perfecting stealth fighter F-35, creating a new tanker aircraft and bombers far.
«Taking this difficult decision, we pursue the goal to keep fighting capacity Air Force with a very efficient implementation of each taxpayer dollar,» said Air Force congressional Minister Deborah James (Deborah James). This reduction, which meets resistance on Capitol hill, adopted within the framework of saving $ 1 trillion budget funds over the next 10 years.
Subsonic attack heavily armored A-10 is very popular in the midst of a fighter and Marines. It can withstand enemy fire from the ground and is able to destroy tanks and other armored targets with side 30mm gun, shooting rounds of depleted uranium. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (Martin Dempsey) referred to the A-10 «the most ugly and at the same time the most beautiful combat aircraft on the planet.»
General Welch believes that the conclusion of the Air Force attack aircraft A-10 is the solution to «the lowest level of risk from an operational point of view.» «Close air support of ground troops is not a secondary task Force and such will not ever. But air support is not limited to one plane, a mission that will be very well made by a number of types of combat aircraft, «said the general, whose offspring is a Marine.
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