Theater Security Package A-10s are pretty busy in eastern Europe.
Twelve U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II jets assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron involved in a theater security package deployment in eastern Europe have arrived at at Campia Turzii, Romania.
On Apr. 1, the aircraft conducted live firing activity on the nearby range, where they could use the 30mm rotary cannon against dummy vehicles.
The effect of their GAU-8 Avenger 30 mm hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling-type (the same heavily used to attack ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq) on the ground targets is pretty impressive as the images in this post show.
The A-10 Thunderbolts are involved in the “Dacian Thunder 2015”, a long exercise taking place in Romania from the end of March to July.
U.S. and Romanian air forces are conducting joint training aimed to strengthen interoperability and demonstrate the countries’ shared commitment to the security and stability of Europe amid tensions with Russia. Not far from Ukraine, Crimea and Moldova.
Image credit: U.S. Air Force