Do you recall, many years ago, how the Navy assured Congress and the Marines that if they were allowed to retire the battleships they would provide an equivalent replacement for the shore gunfire mission? And yet, here we are decades later with no replacement. The Navy made promises they had no intention of keeping so that they could get the new construction they wanted.
Now, the Air Force, which has attempted to retire the A-10 so that they could buy more F-35s and has been strongly rebuffed by Congress, is suggesting that perhaps they’ll look at a direct A-10 replacement down the road if only they would be allowed to retire the A-10 now (1).
Don’t fall for it, Congress. This is a desperate AF saying anything to get the F-35s they want.