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One third of the American A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft fleet declared unusable

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More than a third of the American A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft, also known as the Warthogs (Warthogs), are unsuitable for flying due to the wear of wings, Popular Mechanics magazine writes.


One third of the American A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft fleet declared unusable


According to experts, airplanes will never fly into the air unless money is found for repairs. At the same time, maintaining the good condition of attack aircraft is not a priority for the United States Air Force (Air Force).

Currently, the US Air Force is armed with an X-NUMX A-280 Thunderbolt II aircraft. In 10, Boeing won a $ 2 billion contract to supply 2007 pairs of wings for A-242 to replace worn out ones, but the BBC received only the 10 kit. At the same time, the operation of the Warthogs will continue at least until the 171 of the year, after which they are planned to be replaced by Lockheed Martin F-2022 Lightning II fighter-bomber planes.

However, the Air Force does not consider the renewal of the wings a priority, putting this project in the category of "unfunded". This means that the military organization does not want to spend its own money on repairs, preferring to be paid by Congress. At the same time, according to Popular Mechanics, it is likely that part of the US budget allocated for defense will be reduced, which will put an end to the creation of new sets of wings.
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  1. Warrior with machine gun
    Warrior with machine gun 22 January 2018 15: 42 New
    +3
    but what did they want? It's the same old men of their air force))) request
    1. 210ox
      210ox 22 January 2018 15: 45 New
      14
      This "old man" is quite a formidable and effective weapon. However, our "Rook" is the same age as him.
      Quote: Warrior with a machine gun
      but what did they want? It's the same old men of their air force))) request
      1. Warrior with machine gun
        Warrior with machine gun 22 January 2018 15: 47 New
        +6
        I do not deny that in the hands of a specialist and a three-ruler there is still a formidable weapon, and Grach also hi
        1. 210ox
          210ox 22 January 2018 16: 01 New
          +4
          Of course this is so. Here is the replacement of this flying quirk with a “golden” F35, as it’s not so. However, they have their own cockroaches in their head ..
          Quote: Warrior with a machine gun
          I do not deny that in the hands of a specialist and a three-ruler there is still a formidable weapon, and Grach also hi
          1. Alexey RA
            Alexey RA 22 January 2018 17: 33 New
            +5
            Quote: 210ox
            Of course this is so. Here is the replacement of this flying quirk with a “golden” F35, as it’s not so. However, they have their own cockroaches in their head ..

            I will add that the “warthog” was the cheapest manned rocket engine at the cost of an hour in combat - only $ 17716 per 1 hour of flight.
          2. Piramidon
            Piramidon 22 January 2018 17: 35 New
            +2
            Quote: 210ox
            flying quirk

            Well, then it’s not necessary. It is a decent car for its time. Here are just our "Rooks" undergoing repair and modernization, and the "Warthogs" rot on storage bases.
            1. Genry
              Genry 22 January 2018 21: 11 New
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              Quote: Piramidon
              and the Warthogs rot at the storage base.

              In fact, the Americans have storage bases in an ideal desert climate. There metal does not rot and can be stored for centuries. There are no such conditions anywhere on our continent.
              hi
              1. Piramidon
                Piramidon 22 January 2018 21: 33 New
                0
                Quote: Genry
                Quote: Piramidon
                and the Warthogs rot at the storage base.

                In fact, the Americans have storage bases in an ideal desert climate. There metal does not rot and can be stored for centuries. There are no such conditions anywhere on our continent.
                hi

                Judging by the article, something is wrong with the climate.
      2. oldseaman1957
        oldseaman1957 22 January 2018 15: 53 New
        +5
        One third of the American A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft fleet declared unusable
        - I don’t know how anyone, but this news is pleasant to me! No matter how good the A-10s are, they are in the hangars of our direct opponents. So nothing personal!
      3. Chertt
        Chertt 22 January 2018 15: 53 New
        +3
        I consider it a huge mistake that neither Grach nor the Warthog could find a full-fledged replacement in the Air Force
        1. svp67
          svp67 22 January 2018 16: 01 New
          +4
          Quote: Chertt
          I consider it a huge mistake that neither Grach nor the Warthog could find a full-fledged replacement in the Air Force

          ???????? I still understand the pity for the Rook, but the Warthog ???????? Yes, and they found a replacement, in the form of shock UAVs
          1. Chertt
            Chertt 22 January 2018 16: 10 New
            +6
            Quote: svp67
            I still understand the pity for the Rook, but the Warthog

            Very "not loving" mattresses for some reason always had a weakness for the A-10, monitored statistics in military conflicts., For effectiveness
            Quote: svp67
            Yes, and they found a replacement, in the form of shock UAVs

            Direct fire support with UAV ?? I will not argue, you are more in the subject, although "I am tormented by vague doubts"
          2. 210ox
            210ox 22 January 2018 16: 11 New
            +3
            I do not think that the same "Reaper" is a full-fledged replacement. For certain operations, yes. But for massive use, I still consider the presence of a pilot in the cockpit mandatory.
            Quote: svp67
            Quote: Chertt
            I consider it a huge mistake that neither Grach nor the Warthog could find a full-fledged replacement in the Air Force

            ???????? I still understand the pity for the Rook, but the Warthog ???????? Yes, and they found a replacement, in the form of shock UAVs
            1. svp67
              svp67 22 January 2018 16: 15 New
              0
              Quote: 210ox
              I do not think that the same "Reaper" is a full replacement.

              And no one speaks at the expense of a full, what happened.
          3. zyzx
            zyzx 22 January 2018 16: 21 New
            +1
            Ah, those ridiculous things made of Mr. and sticks? About go-and sticks, it’s not me such a patriot, that’s what many pilots in the USA say so. Well, and their load capacity is generally funny. To undermine a car or school (well, a maximum of 1n class is yes), and excuse me for storming, it is not suitable at all.
        2. novel66
          novel66 22 January 2018 16: 06 New
          +7
          Fearing suspicions of being unpatriotic, I’ll say all the same - I like the a-10 more, such a flight of engineering. it is strange to think that the f-35 will be able to fully replace it. something is wrong in the heads of their strategists (perhaps for the better)
          1. svp67
            svp67 22 January 2018 16: 18 New
            0
            Quote: novel xnumx
            such a flight of engineering.

            And what did he say? The fact that they took a six-barreled cannon-motor and around it they stuck around an airplane?
            It’s a pity the IL-102 didn’t go into the series, there would be a good “counterweight” A-10
          2. zyzx
            zyzx 22 January 2018 16: 24 New
            +1
            Interesting opinion applied to technology, like more. Is this your model on the catwalk?
            1. svp67
              svp67 22 January 2018 17: 01 New
              0
              Quote: zyzx
              Is this your model on the catwalk?

              This is an assessment of his performance characteristics ... Or "filling forms", if you are so attracted to the catwalks
              1. novel66
                novel66 22 January 2018 18: 10 New
                +2
                not even - just a flight of design thought. a rook, with all its merits, it’s a trivial plane, and a warthog is a flying fantasy (and not bad!), I would consider a thrush to the same number of cars - it’s good, you bastard!
                1. Genry
                  Genry 22 January 2018 21: 17 New
                  0
                  Quote: novel xnumx
                  and a warthog is a flying fantasy (and not bad!)

                  Many interesting ideas were embodied in the "warthog". I especially liked one: to shoot off the engine when it ignites (if only not to ditch both by mistake).
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        3. dauria
          dauria 22 January 2018 17: 37 New
          +1
          neither Grach nor Warthog found a full replacement in the Air Force


          At one time, the RPG dramatically changed the balance in the battle of the tank - infantry. The last couple of decades has clearly shown that MANPADS and neighboring air defense systems have dramatically changed the balance in the fight between an airplane (helicopter) and infantry. These "stormtroopers" now act as the Junkers-Lappeter in the afternoon in the 44th year. Prey, not a hunter, no more. Only with suppressed air defense or against Bedouins.
          So the replacement for the F-35 is quite logical and logical.
          1. Genry
            Genry 22 January 2018 21: 27 New
            0
            Quote: dauria
            These "stormtroopers" now act as the Junkers-Lappeter in the afternoon in the 44th year. Prey, not a hunter, no more.

            The ideological prototype of the attack aircraft of the future is the Su-34. With his defense systems, he is not afraid of missiles. He only needs to be afraid of the cannon, but even with it it is possible to bring down the interference by interfering with the electron-optical system (false image).
            1. dauria
              dauria 22 January 2018 21: 54 New
              +1
              With his defense systems, he is not afraid of missiles


              Designers try to suggest your idea, otherwise they poor still haven’t come up with a corner noise in single-pulse seekers. And I'm afraid of the gun, it won’t reach ... laughing Do you know why? Su or F (any numbers) will be taken over 5000 m, will throw off the rocket at the cost of a half-plane (or a simple bomb, if the Bedouins are without air defense) and will try to slip back under their protection if they have time. These will be the "attack aircraft" now.
              1. Genry
                Genry 23 January 2018 01: 28 New
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                Quote: dauria
                Will get Su or F (any numbers) on 5000 m, will throw off the rocket at the cost of half an airplane

                For half a plane, the rocket itself will reach the target, even 10 Tomahawk-type missiles.
                Well, if you really take into account that war is finances, then you need to bomb at a reasonable price and fly wherever you distribute .... And by the way, invisible planes can realize their invisibility only at low altitude for small distances from the enemy, where they are waiting for different ZAK (anti-aircraft artillery), small air defense systems, MANPADS and ....
                An alternative to aviation in the frontline zone (up to ~ 100 km) can be missile launchers like the Tornado, with laser target designation of missiles from an UAV or ground DRG (beacons).
      4. siberalt
        siberalt 22 January 2018 17: 12 New
        0
        This is a country even on "VO".
  2. Gray brother
    Gray brother 22 January 2018 15: 47 New
    +1
    There is no money, but you hold on)))
    1. Paranoid50
      Paranoid50 22 January 2018 16: 07 New
      +3
      Quote: Gray Brother
      There is no money, but you hold on)))

      Well, judging by the article, there is money, but the toad strangles. laughing
      However, the Air Force does not consider updating the wings a priority, placing this project in the category of “unfunded”. This means that the military organization does not want to spend its own money on repairs, preferring to be paid by Congress.
      1. Gray brother
        Gray brother 22 January 2018 16: 11 New
        +1
        Quote: Paranoid50
        Well, judging by the article, there is money, but the toad strangles.

        It’s not very clear where they got their “own money," I always thought that everything in the army was state-owned.
        "This is our budget and we are cutting it, but we can also cut yours if you give" - ​​so what?
        1. Paranoid50
          Paranoid50 22 January 2018 17: 04 New
          +1
          Quote: Gray Brother
          This is our budget and we are cutting it, but we can also cut yours if you give "- so what?

          It turns out that way. laughing
  3. Vik66
    Vik66 22 January 2018 15: 49 New
    +4
    It’s strange somehow ... How did the wings wear out, rub off on the air, or what? And the center section, in which the Gatling’s gun is intact? belay
    1. san4es
      san4es 22 January 2018 16: 00 New
      +3
      Quote: Vik66
      ... And the center section, in which the Gatling’s gun stands intact? belay

      ... There GAU-8 metal is tired (metal fatigue)
    2. novel66
      novel66 22 January 2018 16: 07 New
      +3
      wings constantly work on bending, especially large loads in the root part, fatigue cracks are quite possible
      1. san4es
        san4es 22 January 2018 16: 17 New
        +2
        Quote: novel xnumx
        wings constantly work on bending, especially large loads in the root part, fatigue cracks are quite possible

        1. marlin1203
          marlin1203 22 January 2018 16: 27 New
          +2
          During the salvo, the A-10 practically “stops” in the air, it is not surprising that with such overloads the wings wear out. There, in general, everything should fall off.
  4. san4es
    san4es 22 January 2018 15: 50 New
    +7
    One third of the American A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft fleet declared unusable

    - Time ... thrashed the percussion mechanism.
    1. bouncyhunter
      bouncyhunter 22 January 2018 16: 09 New
      +3
      Sanya, salute! hi
      Quote: san4es
      Time ... honed the percussion mechanism.

      A grind fly? wink
      1. san4es
        san4es 22 January 2018 16: 23 New
        +1
        hi ... Hello Pash.
        A grind fly?

        yes ... so as not to cling
  5. Lexus
    Lexus 22 January 2018 15: 52 New
    +3
    One third of the American A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft fleet declared unusable

    No wonder - they have a colossal raid.
  6. svp67
    svp67 22 January 2018 15: 57 New
    +3
    According to experts, airplanes will never fly into the air unless money is found for repairs.
    And this with a budget of 700 million ...
    1. novel66
      novel66 22 January 2018 16: 09 New
      +1
      need to "penguin" vtyuhivat, lobbying happened with their aviation. "penguin" - attack aircraft, here's a joke!
  7. spech
    spech 22 January 2018 16: 04 New
    +1
    Quote: svp67
    According to experts, airplanes will never fly into the air unless money is found for repairs.
    And this with a budget of 700 million ...

    THREE scratch add!
  8. gukoyan
    gukoyan 22 January 2018 16: 05 New
    +5
    It was a great plane, even if I’m very nice to Omerika, but the plane was magnificent.
    1. sivuch
      sivuch 23 January 2018 10: 07 New
      +1
      Excellent does not pull. There were obvious miscalculations in the concept itself. The Su-25, by the way, also.
      Nevertheless, it was a very useful aircraft for Iraqi or Afghan conditions - the most suitable
  9. Herculesic
    Herculesic 22 January 2018 16: 05 New
    +2
    Someone needs to urgently flush someone! So that if they suddenly began to fall, so not on the heads of the Americans! Alternatively, send ukroin to VNA, because there giving something to a pot worn on the head is not something unreal! lol
    1. Warrior with machine gun
      Warrior with machine gun 22 January 2018 16: 14 New
      +2
      can Kurds vtyuhut barter for oil)))
      1. Labor
        Labor 22 January 2018 16: 48 New
        0
        Yeah, they will ram the Turkish armored vehicles !!!
  10. Dormidont
    Dormidont 22 January 2018 16: 13 New
    +1
    A trifle, but nice
  11. Archivist Vasya
    Archivist Vasya 22 January 2018 17: 14 New
    +2
    We are better brothers. But in fairness it should be noted that the aircraft is excellent and very original in design.
  12. APASUS
    APASUS 22 January 2018 20: 18 New
    0
    Sometimes it’s very funny to read that Americans cannot find money to repair military equipment, ships or planes. A country that prints dollars for the whole world and thereby imposes an additional tax on the world cannot find money, well, don’t tell me my slippers!
    Considering billions of dollars in prices for the last ships and planes, an order of 100-120 mil $ is probably not interesting for corporations, it’s kind of more plausible information. There are a lot of costs, and the exhaust is zero!