[Video] Air Force Tests A-10 Alternatives

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The Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seater, bi-rotor and straight- wing ground attack aircraft developed in the United States by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. It was designed at the request of the United States Air Force (USAF) to provide close air support (CAS) to ground troops by attacking tanks, armored vehicles and other land targets with limited air interdiction capability. It is the first USAF aircraft designed exclusively for CAS missions.

The A-10 is designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a powerful rotary cannon that forms the main weaponry of the device. The aircraft’s fuselage incorporates some 540 kg of armor and its design is designed to prioritize the survival of the aircraft, with the necessary protection measures to allow the aircraft to remain in the air even after suffering significant damage.

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