/ Modified sep 30, 2015 4:31 a.m.

Funding for A-10 Assured by Congress for Another Year

House-Senate conference report protects D-M's main plane in new fiscal year.

354th A-10s at DM spotlight A-10s from the 354th Fighter Squadron at Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (PHOTO: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base)

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.

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