A-10C Thunderbolt II Photo: US Air Force / Flickr
Attack aircraft a-10 Thunderbolt II will be much more effective to act against Russia in Eastern Europe than the F-35 Lightning II, to be published in Breaking Defense of the former pilot stormtrooper Brian Bodinga.
The article American edition, on the possible removal from service of three squadrons of A-10 Thunderbolt II in favor of the modernization of the F-35 Lightning II, the planned air force of the United States, it is argued that in a melee the first plane has advantages over the second.
According to Bodinga, the commander of U.S. troops faced in Europe or Asia “with a well-equipped and numerically superior forces of the enemy” is going to need a powerful fire support from the air, which the F-35 Lightning II, in contrast to the A-10 Thunderbolt II, can not provide.
“Perhaps worse than the lack of presence of the F-35 over the battlefield, is its failure to maintain the threat of fire in close quarters combat — as we have seen, because of its poor maneuverability, extremely vulnerable to ground fire and a lack of survivability in melee”, — concluded the pilot.
Breaking Defense in the introductory part of the publication notes that A-10 Thunderbolt II “perhaps the closest thing to religious relics in service with the us military. Those who believe in its effectiveness, adamant. This is simply the best airborne to protect the American ground forces. But this old gun, and, unlike religious relics, little weapon becomes more powerful when it starts to get old.”
In March 2020 the world’s largest military-industrial Corporation Lockheed Martin announced the delivery of the five hundredth customer of the serial fighter of the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II.
Single dwordvalue attack aircraft A-10 Thunderbolt II series was produced by the American company Fairchild Republic in 1975-1984. In all there were more than 700 of these aircraft.
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