It was reported by a credilble source that while Congress has put money out for the USAF to use to rewing older A-10 Warthogs the USAF has no plans to follow through on process. This will result in 110 A-10s to be retired leaving only 170-180 available for service in the coming few years.
This is truly and underhanded attempt by the USAF to force this aircraft out of service. The development for a true CASA (Close Air Support Aircraft) is still many years away from the competing stages of development. There has also been abounding skeptisim from within the USAF and outside that the intended replacement, the F-35A is unequipped to fill the role of the A-10 in terms of manueverability at low altitudes, loitering time, and effectiveness in CAS (close air support) situations. While some A-10s will remain in service, the lose of nearly 1/2 the current fleet can be extremely detrimental if a conflict arises with the need for CAS and armed division deterrence.