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A-10 Will Remain in Fleet Through 2040s Despite Planned Cuts
By John A. Tirpak
The Air Force’s future close air support portfolio will include seven squadrons of A-10s into the 2040s, along with light attack aircraft in partnership with some countries, but these efforts will be distinct from Special Operations Command’s pursuit of an Armed Overwatch aircraft, USAF top planner Lt. Gen. David Nahom said April 16. The A-10 will serve in permissive airspace, but the F-35 will perform CAS in high-threat areas.