Osan’s A-10C at full force

06/03/2011 – The last two A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft return to the Korean Peninsula from Exercise COPE TIGER/Balikatan deployment on April 21, 2011. This occasion marks the first time that all A-10C model aircraft assigned to Osan AB ROK have been on the Korean Peninsula at the same time. The A-10C’s primary mission is to provide lethal, precision firepower in any potential close air support scenario.


Credit: 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs:  4/21/11


The A-10C is an enhanced version of the famous A-10A that served as a major close air support aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, and Reserves for almost 30 years. A-10C has been upgraded to meet 21 st century standards, using systems such as Multi-Function Color Displays (MFCD), GPS-guided weapons, and data-link support. Retaining all the features of older A-10A, the A-10C has turned into a true precision strike fighter with the most modern navigation systems, precision attack weapons (Maverick, JDAM, WCMD, and laser-guided bombs), and an integrated countermeasures system.

The A-10C has participated in operations over Iraq and Afghanistan and proved to be a precise and effective weapon in the “War on Terrorism”. Its advanced equipment has greatly reduced the number of “friendly fire” incidents – thanks largely to the Situational Awareness Datalink (SADL) and the ability to better identify targets with using the Litening II AT targeting pod.

http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/series/warthog/

The Precision Engagement modification is the largest single upgrade effort ever undertaken for the USA’s unique A-10 “Warthog” close air support aircraft fleet. While existing A/OA-10 aircraft continue to outperform technology-packed rivals on the battlefield, this set of upgrades is expected to make them more flexible, and help keep the aircraft current until the fleet’s planned phase-out in 2028.

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/a-highertech-hog-the-a10c-pe-program-03187/

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