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  1. #1 A-10 Warthog's Biggest Upgrade in Over a Decade 
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    Just six years ago the U.S. Air Force was on the verge of culling its entire fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, better known as Warthogs. In 2014, the then USAF Chief of Staff, Gen Mark Welsh III, said the Air Force had to retire the A-10 completely if it was to make substantial cuts to its budgets, and that it required freed-up funding and manpower to be channeled into the standup of new F-35 units. Welsh claimed divesting the close air support stalwart would save $3.7 billion across the five-year future-year defense program and another $500 million in cost avoidance for upgrades that wouldn't be necessary. How times have changed. Fast forward to 2020 and the A-10 is not only here to stay, but it’s getting a raft of upgrades to keep it relevant for years to come. New weapons, a new cockpit layout, and an overhaul of tactics are some of the elements now in the pipeline to keep the “Hawg's” tusks sharp and its community a meaningful contributor on the front line fight.
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    The F-35 program could piss away $3.5 billion with one bad landing, but that's the kind of smoke and mirrors BS Welch loved.
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    The F-35 can't do the job of the A-10 as well as the Warthog does it. It's just too fragile of a platform that can't withstand the punishment that the Warthog can in the CAS role.
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