USAF to station A-10 in Hungary until the end of the year
Dozens of A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter planes from the United States Air Force (USAF) could arrive in Hungary with hundreds of staff and are expected to remain at the military airports of Pápa and Kecskemét for almost two months, until the end of the year, Hungarian online daily mno.hu reported today.
The A-10 fighter plane is often referred to as ‘warthog’ for the unusual placement of its giant jet engines. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The online daily says that the USAFʼs sojourn in Hungary will be its longest since the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. The temporary stay of the fighters will take place under the aegis of Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR) by NATO against Russia, in connection with the Ukrainian crisis, the Hungarian daily says.
According to information published by the daily, the first fighters arriving in Hungary will participate in the exhibition day of an international maneuver next week called “Brave Fighter”, during which they will support the ground forces employing Hungarian Gripen fighters.
The daily said that there was no clause to permit the temporary sojourn of the planes in the 1763/201 edict for the approval of border crossing operations for this year, however, in October an amendment made to the edict includes a mention of “American OAR training” for the fourth quarter with a staff of 1,000.
The presence of A-10 fighters in Europe is of a political nature as well, according to the daily. These popular fighter planes were to be scrapped, however, the confrontation with Russia could provide sufficient reasons for American pro-A-10 politicians to keep the planes, the daily says.
While the arrival of air forces in the framework of OAR will be the first such training in Hungary, ground forces have been practicing in the country since September, the daily adds.
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