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A-10 vs F-35: Ground support competition coming up

Posted at 7:36 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 21:36:22-05

WASHINGTON, DC - Should the A-10 keep flying to protect troops on the ground or should the new F-35 take over that mission?

The head of the F-35 program confirmed to Defense there will be tests, perhaps as soon as April to compare how well the new F-35 does ground support compared to the rugged old Warthog.
Congress is resisting Air Force efforts to retire the A-10 to make room in the budget for more F-35s.  It's requiring the tests. It's not clear if the planes will be in a wing to wing fly-off or be tested separately.