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Delaying A-10 retirement is key to war on ISIS

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 19:36:18-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The U.S. Air Force released information saying it is now shelving a plan to retire the A-10 warthog due to the war on ISIS.

In an April hearing, Department of Defense officials conceded that the F-35 would not be as survivable as the A-10 in certain close air support scenarios. The A-10 is known for its ability of withstand enemy ground fire.

Officials say the Pentagon made the decision the A-10s are too critical to the fight against ISIS.

Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally released a statement saying, "It appears the Administration is finally coming to its senses and recognizing the importance of A-10s to our troops' lives and national security."

Arizona Senator John McCain also released a statement saying, " "I welcome reports that the Air Force has decided to keep the A-10 aircraft flying through fiscal year 2017, ensuring our troops have the vital close-air support they need for missions around the world. Today, the A-10 fleet is playing an indispensable role in the fight against ISIL in Iraq and assisting NATO's efforts to deter Russian aggression in Eastern Europe."