Impressive images of U.S. A-10 Warthogs firing 30mm gun on range. In Romania.

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.

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve

On Apr. 1, the aircraft conducted live firing activity on the nearby range, where they could use the 30mm  rotary cannon against dummy vehicles.

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve

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.

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve

 

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve

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.

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve

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.

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

 

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