The A-10 has been used with success in asymmetric conflicts in which American troops faced Islamist militants who lacked advanced air defense weapons. The Warthog could face dangers from Russian man-portable air defense systems in Ukraine. Other multi-role American planes, such as the F-16, have more means to avert enemy anti-aircraft weapons. The A-10 does stand out for its massive armament. The aircraft has a 30mm autocannon designed for anti-tank attacks, and the Warthog can carry cluster bombs and rockets. Ukraine has used other American weapons, such as the HIMARS rocket launcher vehicle, to considerable effect against Russian invaders in the conflict. The Pentagon announced it would supply more HIMARS weapons to the Ukrainians after the weapons inflicted serious damage on the invaders.
The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a one-trick pony that is of no use to Ukraine:• can the A-10 fly Combat Air Patrols (CAP)? No. • can the A-10 Suppress Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD)? No. • can the A-10 do Close Air Support (CAS)? Yes. The F-16 can do all three and do them better. 1/n pic.twitter.com/A474VK5ELN — Thomas C. Theiner (@noclador) July 13, 2022
Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have been killed or injured in a conflict that Vladimir Putin expected to end in days. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
.@SecDef: [the next assistance package] will include four more HIMARS advanced rocket systems, which the Ukrainians have been using so effectively and which have made such a difference on the battlefield. pic.twitter.com/lsns28gzEz— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) July 20, 2022