A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog

A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog
Since 1997, the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin-led under command of A-10 Prime Team worked closely together to dramatically improve and digitize fighter-10A Thunderbolt II, allowing it to use the GPS and inertial-guided munitions to increase control of the aircraft, and integration systems precisely listening and detection of ground targets by Precision Engagement program, which can be translated as "local interaction".
Improvements have automated many functions (navigation, weapons, and communications), previously operated manually by the pilot. This step will provide enhanced situational awareness of the pilot and his ability to defeat the purposes of accurate air-to-ground missiles. Supplement in Helmet Mounted Cueing System in Suite 7 maximizes the work in the planning and situational awareness.

A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog
Single 16.26-meter bomber, weighing 10 tons, is driven by two motors General Electric TF34-GE-100. With their help 10A Thunderbolt II has a top speed of 722 km/h. In this case 555 km/h is considered to be its cruising speed. The bomber is equipped with a 30mm seven-barreled cannon GAU-8/A 1350 rounds 30×173 mm guided missiles air-to-air (AIM-9) and the air-to-ground (AGM-65). LAU-61 and LAU-10 unguided rockets are also present on board. Warthog has proven itself during the operation "Desert Storm" and the war in Afghanistan.

A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog
Projections A-10A
YA-10A: 2 the first prototype.
A-10A: Single airplane air support of ground forces. It is the only available commercially modification.
OA-10A: "O" - means Observation. It is single plane of air control. By design and on-board equipment it is different from the A-10A suspended modules with additional electronics and electronic countermeasures, designed exclusively for interacting with ground forces and used for combat purposes only in exceptional cases.
Night / Adverse Weather A-10 (YA-10B): Double prototype for night and all-weather operation.
A-10C: an updated model of the A-10. Equipped with modern digital equipment, it can carry precision weapons with laser guidance system. The first A-10C entered service in 2006. By 2011 it is planned to convert to this modification of all the A-10, remaining in service. The program cost is estimated at $ 420 million.
A-10PCAS: version unmanned attack aircraft. It is developed by Raytheon and Aurora Flight Sciences for the DARPA project.
A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog

A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog
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