The US Air Force (USAF) is set to deploy 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft to Europe in order to support Nato’s Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Expected to be deployed this autumn, the new development marks the continuation of USAF’s theatre security packages.
In addition to the aircraft, the USAF will provide airmen and support equipment from the Flying Tigers 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base.
The USAF assistance will be delivered to locations in Central and Eastern European Nato countries.
The aircraft will carry out training alongside Nato allies and partners in order to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate US commitment to the security and stability of Europe.
Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued US commitment to the collective security of Nato and to enduring peace and stability in the region, in the wake of Russia’s role in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
These aircraft will conduct training alongside Nato allies and partners to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate US commitment to the security and stability of Europe, USAF stated.
In February, the USAF deployed 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany as part of the operation.
As part of this deployment, a total of 300 airmen and support equipment accompanied the A-10 aircraft.
The USAF’s primary low-altitude close air support aircraft, A-10 Thunderbolt II, features better manoeuvrability at low air speeds and altitude. It is capable of loitering near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions.
Equipped with 30mm GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling-gun cannon, the aircraft will be able to fire 3,900 rounds a minute and can defeat an array of ground targets, including tanks.
Image: A file photo showing an A-10 Thunderbolt II is being refuelled over Southern Afghanistan. Photo: courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen.