Eight A-10 tankbusters have deployed to Slovakia “to demonstrate U.S. deterrence efforts against Russia”

Cross-border training in eastern Europe for the A-10 Thunderbolts from Indiana.

Eight A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft, along with 140 airmen, belonging to the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne Air Station, Indiana, have deployed for a one-month combined training exercise at the Slovakian Sliač Air Base on Jul. 8. The deployment is a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, whose aim is to provide support and reinforcement on the NATO Eastern Flank somehow threatened by Russia.

“This deployment continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and our deterrence efforts against Russia” states an official U.S. Air Force release.

The 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron will be flying with the Slovakian Air Force to demonstrate Close Air Support (CAS) capabilities and will also be participating in cross-border flights with deployed USAF total-force partners flying F-16s, KC-135s, C-130s as well as assets from other regional allied air Forces.

Although this is the first deployment of the 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron to Sliač, the A-10 “Warthog” has already shown its presence in Slovakia and across eastern Europe operating, among other locations, from the Polish Łask and Powidz airbases, from Bulgaria or even from the Estonian Amari airbase.

Image Credit: U.S. Air Force

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  1. i’m sure the Russian’s pissed themselves when they heard an entire squadron of A-10s were deployed.

  2. Answer: a lot more critical thinking… not a lemmings level one
    Cheap weaponry is not one of the yank/western MIIC strength – too much to work, too little to profit.
    The latest “successes” of the costliest ship project to date:
    Guess who foots the bill, and who lines it’s pockets…

    “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” ― Benito Mussolini

  3. you know that eastern europe is depopulated by workers moving west and
    leaving their nations? they need high pay jobs, not a-10s.

  4. I love the A-10, but would these things really survive the onslaught of recent make MANPADs that the Russians would likely be salvoing in their direction? The A-10 really needs some serious DIRCM, but the USAF brass wouldn’t dare spend money on an “obsolete platform”

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