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Forget Retirement: The A-10 Warthog Can Kill Tanks with ‘Reactive’ Armor

The Thunderbolt II Just Became Even More Deadly – The Fairchild Thunderbolt II was tailor-made for close-air support, and with its unique GAU-8/A Avenger 30mm (1.18-inch) cannon, it has proved to be among the most effective anti-tank aircraft ever devised. Earlier this year, the United States Air Force demonstrated how the aircraft, which has also earned the nickname “Warthog” among its pilots, is able to knock out modern tanks equipped with armor improvements.

The first-ever tests were conducted at the Nevada Test and Training Range, February 14-25, 2022 – and the 422nd and 59th Test and Evaluation Squadrons successfully proved that modern-day armored vehicles equipped with Explosive Reactive Armor were still vulnerable to the A-10C Thunderbolt II’s GAU-8 Avenger.

In each of the test missions, a pair of A-10Cs employing armor-piercing incendiary rounds took to the test range and fired at two surrogate main battle tanks equipped with ERA. The

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