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Fairchild Republic A-10 "Thunderbolt II (Warthog)"

Close-Air Support (CAS) Aircraft

Undisputed Tank-Killing King.

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II ('Warthog'), with its iconic nose-mounted 30mm Gatling Gun, still flies for the modern United States Air Force (USAF) despite its origins as a tank-killing platform of the 1970s. The single-seat, twin-engine product was developed from the outset as a dedicated anti-armor solution capable of carrying an impressive war load into combat making it able to tackle most any armored and unarmored threat on the ground. Armored and well-armed, the platform - which debuted in October of 1977 - has succeeded in its given role for decades and some 287 units still serve with the USAF. Upgrades have kept the system viable for the near-future.
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Mission Roles

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Baseline Firepower

The A-10 was specifically designed around its powerful 30mm Gatling-style GAU-8 'Avenger' nose-mounted cannon - capable of shredding armor at range through short bursts of armor-defeating projectiles. Few battlefield threats can stand up to it.

Survivability at its Core

As a low-flying platform, the A-10 is designed with extensive armoring and elevated/spaced engine nacelles allowing it to absorb a certain level of damage and keep flying.

Broad Munitions Access

The A-10 sports no fewer than eleven total hardpoints, giving it access to all manner of in-service USAF munitions and ordnance. This includes AAMs, ASMs, bombs (dumb and guided), and rocket pods meaning no ground target is safe in the vicinity of the Warthog.

Ground Attack Roots

Succeeding types such as the Douglas A-1 'Skyraider', and carrying the name of the World War 2-era Republic P-47 'Thunderbolt', the Warthog was born for the ground-attack / Close-Air Support (CAS) role - it's in its blood.


Active, In-Service (47 yrs)
Fairchild Republic - USA
716 Units
1 Total

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United States

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
A-10A: 2 x General Electric TF34-GE-100A non-afterburning turbofan engines developing 9,065lb of thrust each.

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
438 mph | 705 kph | 381 kts
Cruising Speed
348 mph | 560 kph | 302 kts
Service Ceiling
44,948 ft | 13,700 m | 8.51 miles
Operational Range
2,579 miles | 4,150 km | 2,241 nm
6,000 ft/min | 1,829 m/min
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the A-10A production model)
53.31 feet (16.25 meters)
57.58 feet (17.55 meters)
14.67 feet (4.47 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the A-10A production model)
24,956 lb (11,320 kg)
30,391 lb (13,785 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the A-10A production model)
STANDARD (Fixed, Forward-Firing):
1 x 30mm GAU-8/A 'Avenger' Gatling-style gun in nose.

OPTIONAL (Mission-Specific):
Up to 11 hardpoints for the carrying of 7-/19-shot rocket pods, Air-to-Surface Missiles (AAMs), Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs) (Sidewinder), conventional drop bombs (dumb bombs, cluster, munitions dispenser), laser-guided / precision-guided bombs (including JDAM for A-10C), and up to 2 x 600 gallon jettisonable fuel tanks.

A-10C: Special mission pods also supported including LITENING and Sniper XR. Supported Types:

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Attack Rocket graphic Rockets / Rocket Pods
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A-10 'Thunderbolt II' - Official USAF designation.
'Warthog' - Unofficial name.
YA-10A - Developmental/Pre-Production model; 12 units completed.
A-10A - Initial production model.
OA-10A - Dedicated Forward Air Control (FAC) variant based in A-models.
YA-10B (N/AW) - Proposed, twin-seat 'Night, Adverse Weather' variant; single prototype from A-10A production stock completed.
A-10C - Modernized A-10A models.
A-10PCAS - Proposed unmanned variant by Aurora Flight Sciences and Raytheon for 'Persistent Close-Air Support' (PCAS) program directed by DARPA; abandoned.

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