The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act worked out by negotiators in the House and Senate Armed Services Committees preserves funding for the A-10.
Eighty of the planes are headquartered at Tucson’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
The Pentagon has tried to retire the plane for years, citing budgetary needs. Language in a House-Senate compromise calls that plan ”misguided.”
Supporters of the A-10, including Arizona Republican Rep. Martha McSally and Sen. John McCain, say it is the best plane to protect ground troops under attack.