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The A-10 warthog is an aircraft built around a gun. It intended to protect troops on the ground and is a tank killer, designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy rotary cannon which forms the aircraft's primary armament (and is, to date, the heaviest rotary cannon ever mounted on an aircraft). It is able to fire it's 11-1/2", 30 caliber rounds 4000 rounds a minute approximately 70 per second, it is second to none as a close combat aircraft. The plane is popular with it's pilots because they sit in a 1,200 lb bathtub of titanium able to protect. and was designed with survivability as a priority, with protective measures in place which enable the aircraft to continue flying even after taking significant damage.
The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nickname "Warthog" or simply "Hog". As a secondary mission, it provides airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets. A-10s used primarily in this role are designated OA-10. The A-10 is not expected to be replaced until 2028 or later.
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