The A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known as the Warthog, has truly stood the test of time and is still playing a vital role in the ongoing War on Terror.
The A-10 and its GAU-8 Avenger — a 30mm seven-barrel Gatling autocannon — recently ran into four Taliban motorcyclists on a road in Afghanistan.
After targeting a total of four terrorists, the GAU-8 Avenger did the rest of the work.
According to the U.S. Air Force, the A-10 has received several upgrades over the years, including a major one in 2005:
In 2005, the entire A-10 fleet began receiving the Precision Engagement upgrades that include an improved fire control system (FCS), electronic countermeasures (ECM), upgraded cockpit displays, the ability to deliver smart bombs, moving map display, hands on throttle and stick, digital stores management, LITENING and Sniper advanced targeting pod integration, situational awareness data link or SADL, variable message format, or VMF, GPS-guided weapons, and upgraded DC power. The entire fleet has been Precision Engagement modified and now carries the A-10C designation.
Watch the Warthog and its GAU-8 Avenger Gatling gun in action in the video above.