The A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II is the very first Air Force aircraft particularly created for close atmosphere assistance of floor causes. They're simple, efficient and survivable twin-engine jet plane which can be used against all ground goals, including tanks as well as other armored vehicles.The A-10/OA-10 have actually exemplary maneuverability at low environment rates and height, and generally are highly precise weapons-delivery systems. They could loiter near struggle areas for longer amounts of time and operate under 1,000-foot ceilings (303.3 meters) with 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometers) presence. Their particular large combat radius and quick takeoff and landing capability license operations in and out of places near front side lines. Using evening vision goggles, A-10/ OA-10 pilots can perform their missions during darkness.The aircraft might survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high explosive projectiles up to 23mm. Their self-sealing gas cells tend to be shielded by external and internal foam. Manual systems support their particular redundant hydraulic flight-control methods. This allows pilots to travel and land when hydraulic power is lost.The Thunderbolt II's 30mm GAU-8/A Gatling firearm can fire 3,900 rounds a moment and can conquer a myriad of surface objectives to add tanks. Some of their particular other gear includes an inertial navigation system, digital countermeasures, target penetration helps, self-protection systems, and AGM-65 Maverick and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.General Characteristics-------------------------Primary Function: A-10 -- close air help, OA-10 - airborne forward atmosphere controlContractor: Fairchild Republic Co.power-plant: Two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofansThrust: 9,065 weight each engineLength: 53 feet, 4 ins (16.16 yards)level: 14 legs, 8 inches (4.42 meters)Wingspan: 57 feet, 6 inches (17.42 meters)Speed: 420 miles each hour (Mach 0.56)Ceiling: 45,000 legs (13,636 meters)Maximum Takeoff Weight: 51,000 weight (22,950 kilograms)Range: 800 kilometers (695 nautical miles)Armament: One 30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling firearm; up to 16,000 weight (7,200 kilograms) of blended ordnance on eight under-wing and three under-fuselage pylon stations, including 500 lb (225 kilograms) Mk-82 and 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) Mk-84 series low/high drag bombs, incendiary group bombs, combined results munitions, mine dispensing munitions, AGM-65 Maverick missiles and laser-guided/electro-optically guided bombs; infrared countermeasure flares; electric countermeasure chaff; jammer pods; 2.75-inch (6.99 centimeters) rockets; illumination flares and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.Crew: OneDate Deployed: March 1976Unit Cost: $9.8 million (financial 98 continual dollars)Inventory: Active power, A-10, 143 and OA-10, 70; Reserve, A-10, 46 and OA-10, 6; ANG, A-10, 84 and OA-10, 18 The name for the US military's present close atmosphere assistance plane. It can carry a multitude of missiles (Maverick), group bombs (CBU97), and led bombs. It carries the typical Electric GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling firearm. It really is because huge as an old Volkswagen Beetle, and has now 7 30mm, quick rotating drums that fire armor acute rounds. The Hand of God High-end, high priced, bourgeoisie. Badass. Sweet ordinance, close atmosphere help airplane, utilized in Iraq, i do believe in Vietnam, and these types of locations, hence Avenger gatling weapon? its some sweeeeet things, 30mm x7 drums of depleted urainium armour peircing, its accurate to about 30 ft at a mile plus it takes a maximum of six hit oon a tank to demolish it, it shoots at a level of approximately 4800 each and every minute but can only carry about 1200 rounds, heavily protwected magazine location, since if a sam or air-to-air missile strike the storage area for depleted urainium... yeah that wrong, different layers of varriing depths and widths.