RAND’s assessment on key A-10C missions

U.S. think tank RAND has, in compliance with a congressional directive in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016, completed its assessment of the range of missions assigned to the A-10C attack jet.

A-10s enter Estonia in support of OAR
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Missy Sterling

Of the five missions: close air support (CAS), forward air controller (airborne) (FAC[A]), air interdiction, strike control and reconnaissance, and combat search and rescue support (CSAR). RAND concluded that the FAC(A) and CSAR missions would be the most immediately affected if the A-10C is retired.

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