U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced that in response to her direct efforts, the Air Force has awarded a new contract to replace wings on over 100 A-10’s. This contract will cover the remaining A-10’s in need of wing replacements, allowing the fleet to fly well into the 2030’s.
"As a former A-10 pilot and commander of an A-10 squadron in combat, I know how critical the Warthog is to our military’s success in the air and on the ground,” said McSally. “I led the fight to keep the A-10 from being mothballed and to secure this re-winging funding, so it is good to see the contract awarded to start re-winging immediately—before any planes are grounded.
"Our troops rely on the A-10’s outstanding and unique ability to provide close air support and combat search and rescue. The A-10 was specifically designed for these types of missions, so having it in the fight can make the difference between lives lost and lives saved. This contract will ensure we maintain this platform’s critical capabilities into the next decade and beyond.”
Since coming to Congress, McSally has led the effort to reverse the Air Force’s decision to retire the A-10 and keep the fleet flying. Since 2015, she has secured over $347 million to revitalize the A-10 re-wing effort and personally drafted provisions in multiple defense authorization bills that have led the Air Force to reverse its position, including a fly-off between the A-10 and the F-35, the Air Force’s newest fifth generation fighter jet, to showcase the A-10’s ability to out-perform other platforms in specific combat scenarios such as close air support and combat search and rescue missions. Last year, in response to questioning by McSally during an Armed Services Committee hearing, the Secretary of the Air Force said publicly for the first time that the Air Force now plans to fly the A-10 fleet “well into the 2030’s.”
McSally is a former A-10 pilot and first female to command a squadron of A-10’s in combat.
The A-10 is also stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona.