A 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft takes off during a training exercise at Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Feb. 10, 2016.
The aircraft deployed to Bulgaria in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve to bolster air power capabilities while assuring the U.S. commitment to European security and stability.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)
The aircraft 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 a 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.
Last year, the USAF had deployed 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft to Europe in order to support Nato’s Operation Atlantic Resolve.