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A-10 Thunderbolt Drops a "Brrt"
Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/3/2019 | T Demerly

Posted on 01/03/2019 4:54:12 AM PST by w1n1

on a Runaway Taliban Vehicle
You can run, but you can’t hide from an A-10 Thunderbolt II and its technological advanced GAU-8 30mm weapon system.
U.S. Air Forces Central Command released a un-classified footage of an engagement between an A-10 and what looks to be "a Taliban vehicle fleeing the scene of an attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan."

The short video display a light-colored car speeding down a dusty desert road only to be stopped by a hail storm of 30mm rounds from the A-10.
Zooming in on the stopped vehicle you can see four basketball-sized holes punched in the top of the vehicle before another wave of shells is applied for good measure.
Unfortunately, the video has no sound, but you can imagine the many “brrrt” pounding the vehicle. The A-10 armed with the General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger 30 mm hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling-type auto cannon. See the rest of A-10 Thunderbolt.


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1 posted on 01/03/2019 4:54:12 AM PST by w1n1
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A pig flies, Warthog.
Islamo-headchopper runs.
BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT!


2 posted on 01/03/2019 5:00:36 AM PST by BBQToadRibs
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The machine shop that I worked in the late 70’s and early 80’s made components for the GAU-8. Glad to see they are still doing the job.


3 posted on 01/03/2019 5:00:46 AM PST by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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This made the rounds a while ago, but still fun to watch again. Two interesting things about the video. (IMHO)

One, the A-10 was able to target and hit the vehicle while it was moving at a pretty good clip. It got 4 rounds in it, and it is somewhat smaller than a tank.

Two, even though the rounds are only 30mm it tore gaping, volley ball or basket ball sized holes in the vehicle. As near as we could determine last time we saw this - the extreme damage to the sheet metal was from the shockwave of the rounds. Fun stuff - as long as you're not on the receiving end...

4 posted on 01/03/2019 5:01:25 AM PST by ThunderSleeps ( Be ready!)
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that is definitely the van full of Libyans from back to the future...


5 posted on 01/03/2019 5:01:54 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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You can run, but you can’t hide from an A-10 Thunderbolt II and its technological advanced GAU-8 30mm weapon system.

More good English from the American Shooting Journal.

6 posted on 01/03/2019 5:02:08 AM PST by Yo-Yo ( is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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..bye bye..


7 posted on 01/03/2019 5:02:15 AM PST by Doogle (( USAF.68-73....8th TFW Ubon Thailand....never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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wow... the guy sitting there thanking allah that he servived the first hit was rudely interrupted by the sloppy second rifling.


8 posted on 01/03/2019 5:03:39 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Aren’t the rounds explosive?


9 posted on 01/03/2019 5:04:04 AM PST by Arlis
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To: w1n1

That ended well, I must say!


10 posted on 01/03/2019 5:06:58 AM PST by Montana_Sam (Truth lives.)
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“...the many “brrrt” pounding the vehicle. The A-10 armed with...”

And still more.


11 posted on 01/03/2019 5:12:32 AM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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That was purdy.


12 posted on 01/03/2019 5:12:33 AM PST by sparklite2 (Don't mind me. I'm just a contrarian.)
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Send the A-10 to the southern border. Several strafing runs should slow down the invasion.


13 posted on 01/03/2019 5:12:37 AM PST by maddog55
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To: ThunderSleeps
“The peeing on a running JD tractor magneto effect!”

Only 30mm? 30mm is 1.25 inches in diameter! Furthermore it's a cannon round and it can be any one of a number of types of projectiles, some of which explode on impact! Our son has a life-long friend who flew A-10's in the ME. He gave our son a "presentation case" that contains an American flag and one of rounds from the GAU-8 that is inert. both of these pieces "flew" with him on a mission. the GAU-8 round is huge! It'a about 7 inches long loaded!

14 posted on 01/03/2019 5:17:54 AM PST by vette6387
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15 posted on 01/03/2019 5:20:46 AM PST by null and void (If they don't respect our borders, why would you expect them to respect our National Parks, or us?)
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To: Arlis

No. 30mm depleted uranium which makes them very dense and very much armor piercing. The A-10 is a tank killer.


16 posted on 01/03/2019 5:35:47 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Perhaps we should be less concerned about who we might offend and more concerned with who we inspire)
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To: Arlis

At least...not usually explosive. Those are available for special use.


17 posted on 01/03/2019 5:37:25 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Perhaps we should be less concerned about who we might offend and more concerned with who we inspire)
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That vehicle was booking...and with that hole in the roof, I assume some insurgents were cooking.

I appreciated the explosion to finish it off.


18 posted on 01/03/2019 5:44:53 AM PST by rlmorel (Leftists: They believe in the "Invisible Hand" only when it is guided by government.)
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To: Arlis

>>Aren’t the rounds explosive?

No. They’re depleted uranium if memory serves, meant to punch through tank armor. Explosive would be an anti-personnel and thin-skinned vehicle thing, like a 60mm mortar round. Or the Bofors cannons on an AC-130.

Around 1979 I saw a display piece of about 1’x1’x1” or so thick tank armor, with a nasty 30mm hole in it made by a GAU-8 round. It was a VERY purpose-driven design, and that purpose was holes in the tops of Soviet tanks in West Germany, should they ever show up.

After looking it up on Wikipedia, I’m right on the DU, but there’s also an HE round in the inventory. I don’t think that’s what we see here, though. Multiple 30mm HE rounds would have really shredded that vehicle into an unrecognizable hulk.


19 posted on 01/03/2019 5:48:23 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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Here’s a little nugget I enjoyed from another article:

“Though the video states debunking myths on long range shooting, the results is what is significant.”


20 posted on 01/03/2019 5:48:53 AM PST by keat
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