- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Some members of Arizona’s congressional delegation are hailing a decision to postpone the planned retirement of the A-10 attack jet.

Davis-Monthan Air Force in Tucson is home to approximately 80 of the Air Force’s 300 remaining A-10s and delegation members have said the aircraft is needed to support ground troops in combat.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Tuesday that the Air Force plans to delay the retirement of the A-10 until at least 2022.

Sen. John McCain says that decision plus a pledge that A-10s will only be replaced as new aircraft become operational means the military won’t create a “capability gap.”

Rep. Martha McSally said even 2022 represents an early retirement for the A-10 because its electronics and wings have been upgraded to keep it flying until 2028.

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