You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver
- Apr 3, 2020
The A-10 is not decommissioned, although its future remains uncertain.Sure, but aside from a deterrent for other major powers, how much does that come up? It seems like air forces in modern conflicts are mainly about being able to provide air support and its probably easier to have a drone just in the air all day then an A-10, especially since those have been decommissioned which was a stupid thing to do.
However, it is a flawed aircraft in the sense that without clear air superiority and the opponent having low quality ground-based air defence, it's a liability. It was great for Iraq and subsequent operations, because those conditions were met, but a drone can do most of the job of dropping bombs on insurgent camps. Thus arguably it's a lot of money keeping them in the air for modest benefit.