Why Everyone is Afraid of the A-10 Warthog

Why Everyone is Afraid of the A-10 Warthog

This is why enemy combatants fear the A-10 Warthog like nothing else.
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, nicknamed the Warthog, is one of the scariest planes in the sky. First introduced in the 1970s, the entire plane was made for one thing… blowing stuff up.
That’s because it was designed around one gigantic gun, the 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon. This insane gun can fire its 30×173mm rounds at a mindblowing 4,200 rounds per minute. Once you’ve heard the trademark “brrt” noise, it’s already too late.
It also carries up to 16,000 pounds of other mixed ordnance that can include 2,000 pound Mark 84 bombs, incendiary cluster bombs, and even mine dispensing munitions.
It’s powered by two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofan engines that give it incredible maneuverability at low speeds, and it has a range of over 2,500 miles. The close air support plane is also equipped with Night Vision Imaging Systems meaning no matter where you are, no matter the time of day, the A-10 Warthog can, and will, find you.

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44 Responses

  1. Scoville says:

    “Once you hear the trademark noise “brrrt”, it’s already to late.” Actually the rounds are faster than sound so no it wouldn’t be too late if you heard it cause you weren’t the intended target. You’d be dead before hearing it.

  2. Oh No No says:

    If you hear the “brrrrt” that means you weren’t the target, yet.

  3. Wilfredo Soto says:

    As a forward observer in the US Army for 8 years I had the absolute pleasure of calling in Close Air Support many times and the A-10’s on station were always awesome. Although I was once credited with knocking one down in a Reforger exercise in Germany with my tracks M2. I saw it going across the field and opened up and kept firing leading ahead. The umpires came up to me and said that I actually scored a hit and it down! 😆 So I told my driver that we needed to go before his wing man came looking for us. We saw a tunnel under a bridge and hid there for about a half hour until we were cleared to move again. So we drove out and about 100 meters on the road the same umps came up and stopped us and said that we were dead. The enemy had dropped a land mine field on the road and we had rode right into it! 😂😂😂

  4. The average texan says:

    I would like to see an “A10 warthog vs modern anti Air system” battle

  5. SesameSeedBar says:

    One of the scariest planes in the sky when you’re fighting an enemy without their own Aircraft or Anti-Aircraft systems*.

    If any of those are around it’s basically a flying fridge with a big gun.

  6. PMGG says:

    The one plane in existence that looks both incredibly stupid and incredibly terrifying

  7. Tyler Wisniowski says:

    The a10 is a solid plane but it’s time has passed most other countries use 30mm in their planes. I think a CAS aircraft is needed to replace it but you can get a turbo fan up to or above Mach 1. It’s time to move on. It accomplished its job but it probably will see success against a near pear adversary but probably because of being used in tamdom with electronic attack aircraft or taking advantage of gaps in air defense.

    • [[[ *Dragonier* ]]] says:

      It needs a more maneuverable counterpart with equal or greater effectiveness against ground targets

    • Stephen Ponnet says:

      It’s time hadn’t passed at all. And it’s not that planes use 30mm that they have the same performance of the gau8. Its like a normal 30mm on steroids. And it does its intended job like no other plane. Sure as soon as enemy combatants have AA support it can’t do its job but that’s not what it was designed for. Plus the A-10 has survived direct hits from rpgs so even if an AA missile hits it it can continue to fly.

  8. GeeAlex says:

    Only issue is that the A10 has to keep a straight path when engaging a ground target, which leaves it s direction predictictable for ground AA and small arms fire when the aircraft starts its run.

    • Mexican Government says:

      @Aster My yankee, when tf have u seen the US retire a vehicle from the 80s? Even we had to make our weapons bc they are very old and unreliable…

      Idk but I find it embarrassing that your equipment is so old at the point where a 3rd world country have to make their own vehicles.

    • Mexican Government says:

      @ECHO And crash bc it spins uncontrollably.

    • Aster says:

      @Broc Stefan Your point? The A10 is still designed to fly with one engine and a broken wing. There’s no survivor’s bias, it’s literally its design. There’s a reason why it hasn’t decommissioned yet and that’s one of them.

    • Broc Stefan says:

      @Aster He’s saying that studying a plane that comes back to the hangar after getting hit isn’t how you determine a planes survivability, because it’s the planes that don’t make it back to the hangar you should be worried about.

    • Aster says:

      @Katzenkralle no, there’s literally videos that show how it works. It was literally designed that way.

  9. Luftwaffle says:

    When he says “designed around one gigantic gun” I now believe that it is a gun that can fly

  10. Vince says:

    This is all well and good but in a modern war the a10 would only be useful if there were no self propelled anti air guns, cuz the things like the adats or the thunguska would rip the a10 to shreads before the a10 could even let off a single shot

    • Ariel Nir says:

      @Vince the A-10 is really good at one thing: scaring the living shit out of pepole on the ground and in older tanks/ lighter vehicles.
      The Iraqies Said themselfs that when they were attacker by them, Manny gave up fighting and surrenderd.
      And its a moral booster for your own troops( that are a safe distans away from the cannons spread).
      Its a flying gattling cannon that goes brrrrrrrrt, who wouldnt have their morale boosted by seeing that attack the enemy?

    • ARegularGenericName says:

      @Nicholas Dobovits
      Aight same have a good one also and i do apologize for that error i made

    • Nicholas Dobovits says:

      @ARegularGenericName “There are also other CAS options instead of only high alt bombers right?”
      I grabbed that from your previous comment. The way you worded that implies that high altitude bombers can perform CAS, when they can’t. Just thought I’d point that out. Have a good one.

    • ARegularGenericName says:

      @Nicholas Dobovits
      1. I literally didn’t say high alt bombers can do CAS, i think your read something wrong or i fucked up a bit
      2. And ill say this there are other planes that the US has the just perform better or similar to the a10, hell even drones

    • Nicholas Dobovits says:

      @ARegularGenericName High altitude bombers don’t perform CAS. They just physically can’t. CAS is often performed by ground attack planes and helicopters. The A10 suits the role perfectly because CAS aircraft have to communicate directly with the troops on the ground through the JTAC. The JTAC helps guide munitions to the ground by communicating with the pilot. A high altitude bomber can’t do that. They usually attack pre-designated targets much farther away.

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