A-10 Thunderbolt II
Definition/Scope: The A-10 Thunderbolt (nicknamed the Warthog) is a single seat, twin engine, straight wing close air support jet. The primary mission for the A10 is to attack tanks, armored vehicles and other ground targets. It is capable of short takeoffs and landings allowing the aircraft to be kept close to the combat action. The A10 has several weapons at its disposal; primary is the 30mm Gatling gun and the Maverick air-to-surface missile. It will at times fly with ALQ-131 ECM and two Sidewinder missiles for self defense. If used in the forward air control mode it is designated as OA-10. The A-10 pilot has the Night Vision Imaging System, NVIS, in order to conduct night operations.
Used For:Close Air Support
Broader Terms:attack aircraft
Narrower Terms:AGM-65 Maverick
Related Terms:A-10A Thunderbolt II