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The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a ground attack and Close Air Support jet featured in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.


ArmA: Cold War Assault

A-10
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png United States
Type Ground Attack Craft
Seats 1 seat:
  • 1× Pilot
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 582 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 10,000 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× Cannon 30 mm
Secondary armament AT Loadout:
  • 8× Maverick AGM

LGB Loadout:

  • 8× GBU-24 LGB
Variants A-10 (LGB)
Games
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The A-10 is used exclusively by U.S. military forces in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Close air support
« A-10 jet has excellent maneuverability at relatively low air speeds and altitudes and is developed as an extremely accurate anti-tank and ground support aircraft. Delivery systems include HUD (Head-Up Display) which gives flight information and LASTE (Low Altitude Safety and Targeting enhancement System) on the inside of windscreen. Other functions include day and night close air ground support and role of FAC (forward air controller).
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Design

The A-10 is a single-seat, twin-engined, straight-wing jet that was designed to meet the need for a fixed-wing aircraft that could attack armoured vehicles, main battle tanks, and other ground targets.

Armament
It is armed with a 30 mm cannon that is mounted beneath the cockpit's nose, and carries air-to-ground Maverick anti-tank missiles on its wings.

The A-10 is always armed with eight AGMs at a time, with four carried on each wing. On the other hand, the main cannon feeds from a single linked belt that has 2,000 rounds of high-explosive (HE) shells.

Features
Alongside the Apache attack helicopter, the A-10 was designed to tackle the expected horde of Soviet MBTs on the battlefields of Western Europe. With the combination of a powerful 30 mm cannon and a payload of anti-tank AGMs, the A-10 can cut its way through enemy steel with ease.

It can fly unopposed against almost every ground threat; bar perhaps 9K32-armed infantry and the Shilka SPAAG. In the case of the former, it will depend on who engages first, as the A-10's cannon will quickly shred the infantry if they get spotted by the pilot. In the case of the latter, the A-10 can remain completely safe by simply staying out of its range and fire off one or two AGMs from a standoff distance.

A-10s specialise as tank hunters.

The A-10 serves as the American counterpart to the Soviet Su-25. Both are armed with 30 mm cannons, carry anti-tank air-to-ground missiles, and are designed to provide close air support.

The main difference is that the A-10 has two additional AGMs whereas the Su-25 can only carry six at a time, which makes the A-10 the arguably better tank hunter.

Drawbacks
However, it should be noted that the A-10 doesn't carry any additional ordnance besides its anti-tank AGMs (for its default loadout). Whereas the Soviet Su-25 has rocket pods for backup and can saturate ground targets without having to waste a missile, bomb, or cannon rounds, the A-10 can only resort to firing its main cannon after all of its ordnance is depleted.

Crew Capacity
The A-10's cockpit only contains a single seat for the pilot themselves. It is unable to transport any other crew or passengers.


Variants

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Identical to the baseline AGM-armed model in almost every way, but exchanges its payload of Maverick missiles for eight GBU-24 laser guided bombs instead.

The GBU-24s can be manually dropped or guided by laser to hit a specific target directly via handheld designators (specifically carried by U.S. black ops infantry).


Protection

Both variants of the A-10 have 50 points worth of armour plating.


Armament

The pilot controls all weapon systems on the A-10 regardless of loadout:

Cannon 30 mm

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Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
100 1,000

30 mm Gatling cannon. Powerful against clustered infantry, structures and unarmoured/lightly-armoured ground vehicles.

It can attain a fire rate of up to ~ 333 rounds per minute and has a muzzle velocity of 1,000 m/s. The Cannon 30 mm has a dispersion of 0.0007 rad at distances of approximately 900 metres away. The shells have a blast radius of only 2 metres.

Maverick

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NOTE: Only available on the baseline A-10 variant.

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive Anti-Tank 1,900

Air-to-ground, infrared-guided anti-tank missiles. Has a maximum lock-on range of 2,000 metres.

There is always a fixed delay of 0.5 seconds in-between launches. Maverick missiles are capable of destroying any ground vehicle (including Heavy Tanks) with a single hit no matter the impact location.

Maverick missiles are always soft launched, and take a further 5.5 seconds after being launched to reach a top speed of 350 m/s in-flight. The warhead has a blast radius of 2.5 metres.

GBU-24

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NOTE: Only available on the A-10 (LGB) variant.

Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
5,000 N/A

Laser-guided bomb. Can be optionally employed as an unguided bomb instead.

There is always a fixed delay of 0.5 seconds in-between drops. GBU-24s have a blast radius of 15 metres and can consistently destroy any ground vehicle or naval vessel with a single hit (aside from LSTs).


Trivia

  • Despite carrying completely different guns in real-life, the GAU-8 Avenger Gatling cannon mounted on Cold War Assault's A-10 is oddly shared with the Su-25.
    • In reality, the Su-25 is fitted with the Soviet-made "GSh-30-2" cannon which is chambered to fire a completely different 30 mm shell; not to mention having entirely different performance metrics as well.

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ArmA: Armed Assault

A-10
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Type Ground Attack Craft
Seats 1 seat:
  • 1× Pilot
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed 720 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 7,000 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× GAU-8 30 mm
Secondary armament Secondary:
  • 5× AGM-65 Maverick AGM
  • 4× FFAR Rocket Pods
Variants None
Games
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The A-10 is used exclusively by U.S. Army forces in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Air-to-ground fire support
« The A-10 is a single-seat twin-engine straight-wing jet aircraft used by the US Air Force. The A-10 carries large numbers of ground-attack munitions, and is designed to be survivable in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire.
Library Description
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Design

Like its Cold War Assault counterpart, the A-10 is still designed for anti-tank duties.

Armament
It is armed with the GAU-8 30 mm gatling cannon as its primary weapon. Its alternate weaponry consists of air-to-ground anti-tank missiles along with four 70 mm rocket pods.

The GAU-8 feeds from a single linked belt containing 1,350 rounds worth of armor-piercing (AP) shells, while the FFAR pods contain up to a maximum of 7 rockets apiece fitted with high-explosive (HE) warheads; for a combined total of 28 rounds.

Features
The A-10 mostly remains the same but exchanges three of its Maverick AGMs for four unguided rocket pods instead, allowing it to be more useful against infantry targets.

However, it no longer features a separate LGB-armed variant and has had its precision bombardment role transferred to the AV-8B.

Mobility
It flies faster and has marginally better handling than its Cold War-era predecessor. It is still much slower than the SLA's Su-34 fighter-bomber however, and is unable to keep up with the latter even at level altitudes.

Drawbacks
While it's still a tough aircraft like its Cold War Assault predecessor, the A-10 is by no means impervious to ground fire. It will be easily shot down if its pilot remains careless and takes too much much damage from handheld SAMs or AA cannons.

Since it lacks VTOL capability like the AV-8B, the A-10 also relies heavily on airstrips to resupply from which can limit its utility on extended CAS missions.

Crew Capacity
The A-10 only supports a single crewman (the pilot). It is unable to transport passengers.


Protection

The A-10 has a base armour value of 75.

Hull

The plane's hull can withstand up to 75 points of damage. Depletion of the hull's integrity will instantly result in its destruction.


Armament

The pilot controls all three weapon systems on the A-10:

GAU-8

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Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
250 1,067

30 mm Gatling cannon. Fires hybrid AP/HE-type shells useful for direct air-to-ground fire support.

It can attain a fire rate of 4,000 RPM and has a muzzle velocity of 1,067 m/s. The GAU-8 has a dispersion of 0.015 rad at ranges of up to 1,000 metres. Shells have a blast radius of 3 metres but also have a deflection angle of 10°.

AGM-65 Maverick

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Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive Anti-Tank 800

Infrared-guided, air-to-ground anti-tank missile. Has a maximum lock-on range of 8,000 metres.

There is a forced delay of 1 second in-between launches. AGM-65s are soft launched and require 2.5 additional seconds for their motors to gain a top speed of 313 m/s in-flight. The warheads have a blast radius of 2 metres.

FFAR

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 150 1,000

Unguided air-to-ground 70 mm rocket pods. Strong against groups of infantry and unarmoured/lightly-armoured ground vehicles.

The pods are capable of firing off one rocket every 0.2 seconds. The rockets have initial launch velocities of 44 m/s and can reach a top speed of 1,000 m/s in mid-flight. The warheads are HE-based and have a blast radius of 12 metres.


Trivia

  • In real-life, the U.S. Army does not utilise the A-10 as all existing variants (both A and C models) are only operated by the U.S. Air Force.

Gallery

ArmA 2

Thunderbolt II
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png USMC
Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Type Ground Attack Craft
Seats 1 seat:
  • 1× Pilot
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed 720 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 11,002 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× GAU-8 30 mm
  • 2× AGM-65 Maverick AGM
  • 4× GBU-12 LGB
  • 2× Hydra 70 Rocket Pods
Secondary armament Secondary:
  • 2× AIM-9L Sidewinder AAM

Defensive:

  • 120× Countermeasures (Flare/Chaff)
Variants None
Games
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The A-10 Thunderbolt II is used by both the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army forces in ArmA 2.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Close air support
« The A-10 Thunderbolt is a single-seat twin-engine straight-wing jet aircraft used by the US Armed Forces. It is designed to provide close combat air support for ground forces by attacking tanks and armored vehicles.
Armoury Description
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Design

Returning in ArmA 2, the A-10's range of applicable roles that it can now fulfil have been greatly expanded with the addition of diverse ordnance types.

Armament
Its primary armament still consists of the GAU-8 30 mm gatling cannon, twin 70 mm rocket pods, and Maverick AGMs. However, it now carries two short-range infrared-guided Sidewinder A2A missiles as well as laser-guided bombs.

The LGBs are carried beneath the fuselage, and can be used to strike hardened targets with precision accuracy (provided that they're guided by laser markers).

The total amount of ordnance carried ranges from:

  • A single 1,350 round belt of high-explosive armour-piercing (HEAP) shells for the 30 mm cannon.
  • Four LGBs that are fitted to pylons beneath the centreline of the fuselage.
  • One AGM on a single pylon (for a total of two) in the middle of each wing.
  • Fourteen high-explosive dual purpose (HEDP) rockets in total stored within rocket pods on each wing, which separately contain seven rockets apiece.
  • One air-to-air missile on the outermost pylon of each wing (which also combine for a total of two) for self-defence against other aircraft.

Features
The ArmA 2 A-10 is much more heavily armed and better protected than both the Harrier and F-35 VTOLs, as it can absorb a decent amount of punishment before suffering from critical failure.

Mobility
It handles decently at low altitudes and speeds compared to the AV-8B/F-35, but is largely outmatched when it comes to both speed and agility.

As in Armed Assault, the A-10's lack of VTOL capability also prevents it from being able to take-off or land without a flat surface airstrip.

Performing a gun run with the A-10.

Drawbacks
It should be noted that the A-10 faces far more dangerous threats in ArmA 2 compared to its predecessor. The Russian-made 2S6M Tunguska for instance, possesses powerful long-range missiles that will cut down the A-10 if it gets detected on radar.

If engaging the 2S6M on an open field, then the A-10 will usually be able to take it out first with little difficulty. But if the 2S6M is hiding in a thick forest or concealed behind hilly terrain, then the pilot must resort to launching countermeasure flares preemptively while scanning constantly for the vehicle's position.

Crew Capacity
The A-10 can only carry its pilot, and is unable to transport any passengers or additional flight crew.


Protection

The A-10 has a base armour value of 75.

Hull

The plane's hull can take up to 75 points of damage. Will result in a total loss if its integrity fails.


Armament

All weapon systems are controlled by the A-10's pilot:

GAU-8

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Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
105 -0.00076 820

30 mm Gatling cannon. Fires HE-based shells useful for direct air-to-ground fire support.

It can attain a fire rate of up to ~ 4,950 RPM and has a muzzle velocity of 820 m/s. The GAU-8 has an effective firing range of approximately 1,000 metres. Accuracy-wise, it has a dispersion of 0.006 rad regardless of distance, while the shells have a blast radius of 3 metres.

AGM-65 Maverick

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive Anti-Tank 850 300

Air-to-ground infrared-guided anti-tank missile. Has a maximum lock-on range of 18,000 metres.

There is a forced delay of 1 second in-between launches. The missile is soft launched and requires 2 seconds for its motor to attain a top speed of 300 m/s. The warhead itself has a blast radius of 2 metres.

GBU-12

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Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
5,000 N/A

Laser-guided bomb. Can be optionally employed as an unguided gravity bomb instead.

There is a small delay of 0.2 seconds in-between bomb drops. The bombs themselves have a blast radius of 12 metres, and are capable of destroying any ground vehicle in a single hit.

Hydra 70

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 150 740

Unguided 70 mm rockets. Useful against groups of infantry and unarmoured/lightly-armoured ground vehicles. Rockets are always launched in pairs and contain high-explosive (HE) warheads.

There is a delay of 0.2 seconds in-between volleys (300 RPM) and rockets are launched with an initial velocity of 44 m/s. It takes a further 1.1 seconds before the motors can reach their top speed of 740 m/s in mid-flight. The warheads have a blast radius of 12 metres.

AIM-9L Sidewinder

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 200 828

Infrared-guided air-to-air missile. Has a maximum lock-on range of 9,000 metres.

There is a delay of 0.1 seconds in-between missile launches. 30 seconds will be required to reload a fresh batch of missiles at a logistical vehicle (assuming the A-10 has run out). It takes a total of 5 seconds for the missile's motor to reach a top speed of 828 m/s in mid-flight.

The seeker has a 20% chance to lose lock against flare countermeasures. Its warhead has a blast radius of 10 metres.


Avionics

MAWS

The A-10 does not have a Missile Approach Warning System and will not warn the pilot of incoming missiles already in mid-flight.

RWR

The A-10 has a Radar Warning Receiver, and will alert the pilot of being locked-onto by radar-based targeting systems.

IWR

The A-10 lacks an Infrared Warning Receiver, and will not warn the pilot of being targeted by infrared-based weapon systems.


Trivia

  • The ArmA 2 model is simply an updated port of the Armed Assault A-10.
  • As with Armed Assault's A-10, it is still erroneously shown being used by USMC and U.S. Army forces.
  • In reality, the GAU-8's HEAP shells are nowhere near as powerful as they are depicted in-game.
    • Prior to the latest Steam version patches as part of the Community Configuration Project, the cannon's 30 mm shells retained absurdly high base damage values of 210 and on release, even more ridiculously at 330 damage. They could cause catastrophic kills on T-72/T-90 tanks after a continuous stream of impacts on the frontal hull.
    • Even after the latest patches, its damage values are still far too high but have been reduced to more reasonable values, and can no longer penetrate heavy vehicle armour as effectively. Hits on other sections such as the turret will still (realistically) inflict full damage, however.

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See also

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration

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Wheeled BikeBRDMBusHMMWVMotorcyclePV3SJeepSCUDSkodaSmall carSports carTrabantTractorTruck 5TUAZUral
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Rotor-wing AH-1 CobraAH-64CH-47DKa-50Mi-17Mi-24OH-58UH-60
Fixed-wing A-10PlaneSopwith F.1 CamelSu-25
Aquatic BoatLSTMark II PBR
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
OFP-factionicon-unitedstates.png United States - Vehicles (ArmA: Cold War Assault)
Wheeled HMMWVJeepTruck 5T
Tracked M1A1M113 (Vulcan) • M60A3M2A2 Bradley
Rotor-wing AH-1 CobraAH-64CH-47DOH-58UH-60
Fixed-wing A-10Sopwith F.1 Camel
Aquatic LSTMark II PBR
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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Wheeled 5T TruckArmy 4x4BusBRDM-2CarHatchbackHMMWV (Civil) • Offroad (Hilux) • M1030 (TT650, TT650G) • Pick-Up (Datsun) • SedanStrykerTractorUAZUral
Tracked BMP-2M1A1M113ShilkaT-72
Rotor-wing AH-6AH-1ZKA-50MH-6Mi17UH-60
Fixed-wing A-10AV-8BCamelDC-3Su-34
Aquatic CRRCRHIBPBX Boat
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Queen's Gambit
OFP-factionicon-unitedstates.png U.S. Army - Vehicles (ArmA: Armed Assault)
Wheeled 5T TruckHMMWVM1030Stryker
Tracked M1A1M113
Rotor-wing AH-6AH-1ZMH-6UH-60
Fixed-wing A-10AV-8BCamel
Aquatic CRRCRHIB
Vehicles of ArmA 2
Wheeled 9P117 SCUD-BATVBRDM-2* • BTR-40BTR-60BTR-90BM-21 Grad* • BusCarDingo 2 CZHatchbackHMMWV* • GAZJackal 2 MWMIKKamazLada* • LAV-25Military OffroadMotorcycle* (Old moto) • Mountain bike (Old bike) • MTVR* • Offroad* • Pandur II 8x8 CZPickup* • RM-70S1203SedanStryker (MGS) • SUV (Armored SUV) • T810TractorTouring CarTowing TractorUAZ-469* • Ural* • V3S* • Vodnik
Tracked 2S6M TunguskaAAVP-7A1BMP-2BMP-3BVP-1FV510 WarriorM1 Abrams* (M1A2 TUSK*) • M113M2 BradleyM270 MLRS* • T-34* • T-55T-72* (T-72M4 CZ) • T-90ZSU-23-4*
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-11 WildcatAH-64D* (AH-1) • CH-47F Chinook (Chinook HC4) • Ka-52Ka-60Ka-137Merlin HC3MH-6J Little BirdMi-8MTV-3* (Mi-17*) • Mi-24P (Mi-24D*, Mi-24V*) • UH-1Y (UH-1H) • UH-60 Black Hawk (MH-60S)
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt II* • An-2AV-8B HarrierC-130J Hercules* • F-35 Lightning IIL-159 ALCAL-39ZA (L-39C) • MQ-9 Reaper* • MV-22 OspreyPchela-1TSu-39 (Su-25*) • Su-34
Aquatic CRRCFishing BoatPBXRHIBSmall Boat
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
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Wheeled HMMWVLAV-25MotorcycleMountain bikeMTVRTowing Tractor
Tracked AAVP-7A1M1 Abrams (M1A2 TUSK) • M270 MLRS
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-64DUH-1YMH-60S
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt IIAV-8B HarrierC-130J HerculesF-35 Lightning IIMQ-9 ReaperMV-22 Osprey
Aquatic CRRCRHIB
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma2-factionicon-usarmy.png U.S. Army - Vehicles (ArmA 2)
Wheeled ATVHMMWVMotorcycleMTVRStryker (MGS)
Tracked M1 Abrams (M1A2 TUSK) • M2 BradleyM270 MLRS
Rotor-wing AH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-64DCH-47F ChinookMH-6J Little BirdUH-60 Black Hawk
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt IIC-130J HerculesMQ-9 Reaper
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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