Boeing stands ready to sell A-10 Warthogs to U.S. allies

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WASHINGTON, -- There is more of a push coming from Boeing to sell surplus A-10 attack aircraft. As Defence Watch readers know the U.S. Air Force wants to retire the A-10s. They are facing opposition from U.S. lawmakers who see the planes are top notch close air support aircraft.

Now the DoDBuzz website in the U.S. reports that Boeing has begun discussions with the USAF about potentially selling the Warthogs to U.S. allies. They cite Chris Raymond, a vice president at the company.

“There’s been talk about what the international opportunities might be,” he confirmed.

The USAF still has to make decisions on the numbers of aircraft they are willing to declare as surplus. Raymond said he didn’t want to speculate on such issues.

Congress has continued to protect the A-10 so there are questions whether the USAF would be able to declare the planes as surplus.

Boeing first starting raising the issue in May about the possibility of selling surplus USAF A-10s to other nations. Boeing would upgrade the planes in any such deal.

The firm owns the technical data package for modification and upgrade, Flightglobal magazine has noted. There are around 280 A-10s in the active USAF inventory.

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 40th Flight Test Squadron, moves down the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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