The US Air Force is Planning a “Super” A-10

Despite all the recent efforts to mothball its current A-10s, the US Air Force is now reportedly wanting to build the next generation of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, affectionately known as the “Warthog”. At the moment, the new plane is in concept form, and senior officials are exploring the needed avionics, weapons, armor, technical redundancy—and the engineering needed to build the craft. Several core attributes and combat abilities will be kept—such as the plane’s lethal ability to fly low and fast, which allows it to not only to attack ground targets, but cover troops.

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General Electric’s GAU-8/A Avenger—the 30mm Gatling-type autocannon housed in the A-10’s “titanium bathtub”.

There’s also no report if the new plane will be called the Thunderbolt III (the current plane is named for the he Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a United States fighter aircraft used during World War II1941 and 1945), or if it will carry forward its nickname of Warthog.

Current A-10s are scheduled to remain in service until at least 2022.

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A “tank-killer” bullet fired by the A-10.

The reasoning cited for creating the next generation of the plane is due to its proven capabilities against emerging global threats and successful attacks against ISIS targets (such as bases and fuel convoys); it can also carry a variety of bombs and laser-guided weapons.

An Airman loads the gun.

(There was no mention of the F-35s failure to not only prove its own worth, but its failure to “replace” the capabilities of the A-10).

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