Air Force's 2016 F-35 IOC Target Threatened Without A-10 Divestment

By Courtney Albon / October 30, 2014 at 9:06 PM
The Air Force's target to meet initial operational capability on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by August 2016 could slip if the experienced A-10 maintainers slated to shift to the fifth-generation platform are forced by Congress to stay put. One requirement for achieving IOC on the Air Force's F-35A variant by Aug. 1, 2016, is that the service provide at least 1,100 qualified maintainers to service the aircraft. F-35 Program Executive Officer Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan told reporters during an...

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