An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 23rd Fighter Group fires bullets at a target during a training exercise in February 2016 at Moody Air Force Base, in Georgia. DVIDS
- The US recently released a video of an A-10 Warthog destroying a Taliban vehicle in Afghanistan.
- The insurgents in the vehicle had just attacked Afghans with a DShK 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.
Arguments about weapons systems tend to be circular and hard to win. The discussion about close air support, the retirement of the aging A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the entry of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — along with the relevance of the recent Light Attack Experiment — continue to swirl.
But one thing that cannot be argued is the lethality and spectacle of the A-10's GAU-8 Avenger 30 mm, seven-barrel Gatling-type cannon.
This video was released on January 24 from the U.S. Air Force Central Command Public Affairs office. It is credited to the 94th Airlift Wing which, oddly enough, is primarily an airlift wing. The Defense Video Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) gave no reason this video was released through an airlift wing, but it is likely because of logistics.