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The fairchild A-10, also known as “Warthog” or “Hog” for its aggressive look is the only american-made fighter jet specialized for char attacking. Making its first flight on May 10th 1972 to compensate the lack and the inefficiency of the fire-support engines during Vietnam war, the A-10 received multiple upgrades over the years and continues to brilliantly serve despite a retirement project
With a speed reaching 0.75 Mach and a 2570 miles range for 1.4 million dollars cost, the A-10 has an amazing armament : a 30 mm GAU-8/A canon mounted on the nose and designed to fire armor-piercing depleted uranium and high explosive incendiary rounds. It carries also up to 16,000 pounds of mixed ordnance designed to fire armor-piercing depleted uranium and high explosive incendiary rounds, height under-wing and three under-fuselage pylon stations, including 500 pound Mk-82 and 2,000 pounds Mk-84 series low/high drag bombs, incendiary cluster bombs, combined effects munitions, mine dispensing munitions, AGM-65 Maverick; AIM-9 Sidewinder.
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