Monday, Jul 15 2024 | Time 23:21 Hrs(IST)
image
World


US to send old A-10 aircraft to Mideast as focus shifts to Europe - Reports

US to send old A-10 aircraft to Mideast as focus shifts to Europe - Reports

Washington, Mar 24 (UNI) The United States will deploy aging A-10 aircraft to the Middle East as the Pentagon shifts its focus on sending more modern aircraft to Europe and the Indo-Pacific, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing US officials.
The US will deploy a squadron of A-10 aircraft to the Middle East in April alongside two squadrons of F-15E and F-16 jets, the report said on Thursday.
The deployment is part of a broader plan to retain modest naval and ground forces in the Middle East as the US prioritizes competition with Russia and China, the report said.
The plan comes as the US phases out the A-10 aircraft, which was first introduced in the 1970’s. The A-10 is still capable of use by the US in missions in the Middle East, while the Pentagon shifts more modern aircraft to the Indo-Pacific, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Larry Stutzriem was quoted as saying in the report.
The Pentagon’s new plan for its Middle East presence includes two to three ships but no aircraft carrier, two US Army Patriot missile battalions and more than 30,000 total military personnel in the region, the report said.
The US must focus on cultivating partnerships in the region to help deter against threats such as Iran as the number of military assets in the region shrinks, US Central Command spokesperson Col. Joe Buccino said.
UNI/SPUTNIK GNK

More News

35 dead, 250 injured in Afghanistan flash floods

15 Jul 2024 | 9:58 PM

Kabul, July 15 (UNI) At least 35 people were killed and 250 others were injured as rainstorms and flash floods swept through east Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on Monday afternoon, a local official said.

see more..

Uganda police warn of planned protest in capital

15 Jul 2024 | 9:33 PM

Kampala, July 15 (UNI) The Uganda Police Force on Monday warned against a planned protest on the streets of Kampala, the country's capital, and a march to parliament scheduled for July 23.

see more..

Seven killed in van-trailer collision in Pakistan

15 Jul 2024 | 9:01 PM

Islamabad, July 15 (UNI) A fatal road crash occurred in Pakistan's southern Sindh province on Monday, leaving at least seven people killed and four others injured, police said.

see more..

SL reduces average electricity tariff by over 20 pct

15 Jul 2024 | 8:58 PM

Colombo, July 15 (UNI) Sri Lanka's Minister of Power and Energy, Kanchana Wijesekera, announced on Monday that the electricity tariff on average will be reduced by 22.49 percent, effective July 16.

see more..

Thailand allows visa-free entry for Sri Lankans starting today

15 Jul 2024 | 8:46 PM

Colombo, July 15 (UNI) Thailand will offer visa-free entry to travelers from 93 countries and territories, including Sri Lanka, starting July 15, officials said on Monday.

see more..
image