McSally Wins Again For A-10: Secures Funding for Full Fleet, Wings & Other Upgrades
WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Representative Martha McSally today announced she has successfully secured full funding for the A-10 fleet, $103 million for new A-10 wings, $17.5 million for other necessary upgrades, and $6 million for safety inspections. This funding to support the A-10 Warthog was included in both the House Defense Appropriations bill, released today, and approved by the House Armed Services Committee today with a final vote on the entire Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) expected later today or tomorrow morning.
"The A-10 Warthog, which I flew, is a one-of-a-kind aircraft that is critical on any battlefield to keep our troops alive and rescue anyone trapped behind enemy lines. It is currently in the demilitarized zone protecting against North Korea aggression, destroying ISIS in the Middle East, and regularly deployed to Europe to support NATO and allies in the face of Russian aggression. It is crucial to keep the A-10 fully funded and upgraded until there is a proven, tested, replacement,” said Congresswoman McSally. “Today I secured two more victories with both the House Armed Services and Defense Appropriations Committees, including full funding for the entire A-10 fleet and additional funds to strengthen the wings of the A-10s that require it to fly well into the future."
Currently, 110 A-10 aircraft are in need of re-fitted wings, or else these planes will start to be grounded beginning in FY 2018.
Throughout her time in Congress, Rep. McSally has consistently advocated for necessary funding to keep the A-10 fleet operational. Last June, Rep. McSally successfully added an amendment to defense funding legislation for new A-10 wing upgrades and worked with congressional leadership to include $20 million for new A-10 wings in the final FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill.
Rep. McSally also effectively prevented the proposed premature retirement of the A-10 fleet under the Obama Administration. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base located in Rep. McSally’s district houses 83 A-10 Warthogs.