ACC chief calls for cutting legacy platforms and investing in EMS to counter China

By Shelley K. Mesch / April 13, 2023 at 1:04 PM
The close-air support capabilities of the aging A-10 fleet don't mean much if the jets get shot down before reaching front lines, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mark Kelly said, which is why he thinks the service's budget should be focused on fifth- and sixth-generation capabilities. The Air Force is once again seeking to retire the A-10 fleet after several years of congressional orders to keep the planes operational for their abilities to provide close-air support to ground troops. But...

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