They will be retiring it to replace it with a 150 million dollar POS that can’t do the job even close to as well as the A10 and costs 5 to 7 times more to procure and 4 to 5 times more per hour to fly. We are replacing a plane the doesn’t need replacing with a plane that cannot fill its role and is unbelievably expensive. There’s a reason congress is not letting them retire the A-10 yet. The A10 is brilliant at the task it performs, has thousands of hours per airframe left in it, and is cheap to operate. The F35 is not only poor at CAS, but is wholly incapable of it in any realistic sense, and it is unbelievably expensive.