Cutting entire fleets is among options being considered by Air Force in budget crunch

09/16/2013 | Defense News

Scrapping its entire fleet of KC-10 tankers and A-10 attack jets is one of the options the Air Force is considering as a way to cut costs as budget cuts loom, according to multiple military sources. Other possible cuts include F-15C fighter jets and the planned purchase of search-and-rescue helicopters. "You only gain major savings if you cut an entire fleet. You can cut aircraft from a fleet, but you save a lot more money if you cut all the infrastructure that supports the fleet," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, though he declined to comment on specific aircraft.

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