Feb 13, 2015
US Sends Back A-10 Thunderbolt II Aircraft To Germany To Counter Russian Threat
A dozen A-10 attack aircraft will move to Spangdahlem Airbase in Germany to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S.-led commitment to continued support of NATO partners as Russia expands its military presence on the doorstep of the alliance.
The airplanes, famed for their ability to find and destroy armored vehicles, will be also deployed to nations closer to Russia.
USAF A-10 will conduct training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe.
The A-10 recently escaped being cut from the Pentagon's budget thanks to the support of powerful allies in Congress.
The move comes at a crucial time for Europe, as Russian airplanes conduct flights close to NATO airspace reminiscent of the Cold War and fierce fighting between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian army continues in eastern Ukraine.
Back in the United States, however, the future of the A-10 is being fiercely contested. The Air Force wants to end the A-10's 40-year run to free up resources for its new F-35 fighter jet and save the $4.2 billion a year the old planes cost to run.