The A-10 in action using it’s cannon (30mm GAU-8 Avenger), missile ( AGM-65 Maverick) and GBU bomb during CSAR Training.
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an ground attack aircraft one seater,it have twin engine and wing straight, developed in the US by the company Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s . It was designed at the request of the Air Force United States (USAF) to provide close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks , armored vehicles and other ground targets with a limited capacity air interdiction . It is the first USAF aircraft designed exclusively for CAS missions.
The A-10 is designed around the GAU-8 Avenger , a powerful rotary cannon which forms the main armament of the device. The fuselage of the aircraft features about 540 kg of armor and its design is intended to give priority to the survival of the plane, with the protective measures necessary to enable the aircraft to remain airborne even after suffering significant damage.
Its official nickname Thunderbolt II (‘ thunder ‘in English ), comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter bomber that was particularly effective at close air support mission. However, the A-10 is better known by his nickname Warthog or simply Hog. As a secondary mission, it provides forward air control , guiding other aircraft against ground targets. A-10s used primarily in that mission were designated OA-10.
He has participated in combat operations in the Gulf War , in conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo in the Afghanistan War and the Iraq War . After being modernized several times, it is expected that the A-10 is not replaced by the new F-35 Lightning II until 2028 or later.
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