U.S. A-10 Tank Busters deployed to Poland…again.

A U.S. Air Force A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II from the 355th Fighter Squadron is surrounded by a cloud of gun smoke as it fires a 30mm GAU-8 Avenger Gatling gun over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex in Alaska on May 29, 2007. The seven-barrel Gatling gun can be fired at a rate of 3,900 rounds per minute. DoD photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

Some USAF A-10 “Warthogs” are stationed in Poland.

354th EFS (Expeditionary Fighter Squadron) has deployed again to Poland.

This time the A-10s maintain their presence at the Polish 32nd Air Base located in Łask, near Łódź, in the central part of the country. The aim of their presence, according to the statements made by the base press officer that emerged in a variety of media, is to participate in a joint exercise with the Polish Air Force, within the scope of the Air Force Theater Security Package.

The overall goal of the NATO initiative, undertaken in the light of the Ukrainian crisis, is to reassure the allies of the NATO eastern flank, and to maintain collective defense capabilities.

Earlier on, the Thunderbolts were stationed (temporarily) at the Polish Powidz Airbase. Notably, this time the Warthog detachment is larger (includes 12 examples), and the deployment itself is to be longer, as it is going to last until the end of July, according to the rumors.

It is worth noting that this time the deployment did not get that much media attention, in comparison with the previous presence of the A-10 in Poland. The spotters, who published the photos of the Warthogs online were the first signs of their presence in the region.

The A-10 that are currently stationed in Poland come from the 355th Fighter Wing which is based at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Arizona. They have been operating in Mid-Eastern Europe for some time now, visiting Poland, Bulgaria or Romania, participating in a variety of exercises (e.g. the Dragoon Ride operation).

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

 

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5 Comments

  1. Would really like to see some A-10’s and some newly available OH-58D Kiowa’s at home permanently in Poland’s armed forces. The A-10’s could phase out the SU-22’s and the Kiowa would be an excellent border security asset.

  2. That confirms what the Warthog pilot from Davis-Monthan I was pleased to talk to during Le Bourget airshow told me : the 354th EFS deployment in eastern Europe doesn’t have any return deadline because of the Ukrainian situation, hence they are supposed to stay and practice there until further notice.
    The american presence in Paris in June with F16Cs from Aviano, F15E from Lakenheath, A10C, P8, WC130 and a few other choppers, along with the huge US activity in Europe during the last months was actually part of “a show of force to make sure our allies here know that we are by their side and we won’t let them down” told me a Viper pilot from the 510th FS.

    Bonus shots I took while walking around the mighty A-10.

  3. I have always admired the A-10. what a great machine. can you imagine what it could have been like if they where in WWII theaters?? perhaps a much shorter war?

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