Skip to comments.The A-10 Warthog Just Got A Little More Badass
Posted on 06/16/2016 1:44:53 PM PDT by blam
June 16, 2016
Since the A-10 Warthog, recently seemingly destined for the scrap yard, is now engaging enemy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Taliban forces in Afghanistan in the form of a new weapon with a badass name - the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System.
Manufactured by BAE Systems, the APKWS is equipped with laser-guided rockets, giving A-10 aircraft in Afghanistan a "deep magazine of high-precision weapons," according to Popular Mechanics.
One of the biggest advantages to using this system is the minimal collateral damage left when fired, which is a result of its tiny warhead.
In addition, it's lighter - which means that the A-10 can carry 38 of these, instead of the two 500-pound bombs it carried before.
According to a statement from BAE, the new kit transforms a standard unguided munition into a precision laser-guided rocket.
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Truly badass! Long live the Warthog!
I was hoping for a keg of bacon grease to spray over the belt feeding mechanism of 30mm rounds....Black Jack Pershing type of terror against the Muj.
“...the minimal collateral damage left when fired...”
Collateral damage is what convinces the rest of them not to screw with other people in the future.
Oh hell yes. Because the Warthog was starting to look a little wimpy there...
2 bombs? If this author thinks that previously the A-10 only could carry 2 bombs then they are an idiot.
How lovely to have this be the 1st thing I see on FR today! Thanks or posting it!
There’s a whole world of hurt behind that tanker.
Reducing collateral damage is sometimes an undesirable feature.
The article doesn’t say, but How Many are we Giving to Syria to quell the Right Wing Christian Extremists??
I think that is what happens when one designs a flying gun disguised as an airplane.
The long bull fart was usually the echo of the initial high pitched growl. The bird makes a statement, more of an announcement really. It speaks a unique language that needs no translation in any part of this planet. And, there is no place to hide from it unless you can dig a hole deep enough fast enough.
It’s my favorite since I was a kid and got to watch them practice on a live fire range from the scoring tower at Camp Atterbury.
Darn straight! Awesome idea. It worked for him in the Philippines, it would work now.
Like puppies lining up for mama’s teat.
The A-10, the result of a back of the napkin sketch intended to be a winner. Today the design goal is to make cronies rich.