A-10A Late

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This page is about the American strike aircraft A-10A Late. For the premium version, see A-10A.
A-10A Late
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A-10A Late
AB RB SB
10.0 10.3 10.3
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Description

The A-10 Thunderbolt II was developed to fill in the gap created by the more expensive Phantom for strike missions. A ground attack focused plane was needed and that's where the A-10 came into play. In late 1966, the USAF expressed interest in a plane that could carry out close air support missions. Fairchild Republic won the contract over Northrop and birthed the A-10 Thunderbolt II, a homage to the very successful P-47 Thunderbolt in World War 2. The A-10 featured a titanium bathtub to protect the pilot, a redundant control system, turbofan engines that were robust, and much more. The A-10A Late fielded a few new weapons like the AGM-65D Maverick.

Introduced in Update "Wind of Change", the A-10A Thunderbolt II (Late) features the ability to carry four AIM-9Ls as well as AGM-65Ds. Unlike the AGM-65B, the D variant uses infrared imaging which gives the pilot a very clear image regardless of the surrounding conditions. Unfortunately, this lacks screen magnification like the AGM-65B but is better for night operations. Players should be more than satisfied with the addition of AGM-65Ds, the ability to use four AIM-9Ls, and retaining almost all of the benefits of the A-10A Early.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 0 m676 km/h
Turn time29 s
Max altitude12 497 m
Engine2 х General Electric TF34-GE-100A
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight7 t

The single biggest downside with the A-10 is its top speed. At 642 km/h at sea level, the A-10A is the slowest aircraft at its BR. Not enough emphasis can be put on how much of a disadvantage the A-10's speed is, especially at a battle rating of 10.0, where apart from another A-10, every single aircraft it faces will have at least a 400 km/h faster top speed.

Despite how crippling the A-10's speed is, there are a handful of advantages to being so slow. First, while it is slow, it still is manoeuvrable at those low speeds, even with a heavy weapon loadout. It also means that its turn time is tight and quick compared to supersonic aircraft.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 624 609 12497 30.2 30.8 21.0 19.9 700
Upgraded 662 642 28.5 29.0 30.3 25.3

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
874 370.4 N/A 740 370 ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 550 < 650 < 500 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
General Electric TF34-GE-100A 2 11,636 kg ___ kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 14m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 48m fuel
654 kg High-bypass turbofan 13,092 kg 13,651 kg 14,659 kg 16,170 kg 16,489 kg _,___ kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 14m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 48m fuel MTOW
Stationary 4,036 kgf N/A 0.62 0.59 0.55 0.50 0.49 _.__
Optimal 4,036 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.62 0.59 0.55 0.50 0.49 _.__

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear370 km/h

The A-10A has substantial armour around the cockpit, fuel tanks, and transmission. This armour effectively protects the pilot from machine gun fire and autocannons up to 25mm. However, while the pilot has ample armour protection, the other parts of the plane, such as the wing, tail and especially the unarmoured and exposed engines, will easily be destroyed by any short cannon burst, so do not expect to tank such attacks.

  • 38 mm titanium alloy - "bathtub" around the bottom of the cockpit
  • 44 mm bulletproof glass (54°) - windshield in front of the pilot

The A-10A is equipped with a whopping 480 countermeasures. This gives an extended and effective protection against even the most potent heat-seeking missiles it will face. A good strategy is to turn on periodic countermeasures upon entering a battle. The constant flares will make you practically immune to IR guided missiles, and since the A-10A has so many countermeasures, you won't have to worry about running out as you will probably still be left with a large amount provided you survive.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 772 → 4 399 Sl icon.png
RB7 818 → 12 407 Sl icon.png
SB8 969 → 14 233 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications226 500 Rp icon.png
354 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 000 Sl icon.png
Experts710 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 310 / 600 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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New boosters
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
680 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
680 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
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GAU_8A_belt_pack
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Flares/Chaff
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk82
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Hydra 70
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk84
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
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GAU_8A_new_gun
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
680 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
Mods atgm heli preset.png
AGM-65D
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
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AIM-9L
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

Main article: GAU-8/A (30 mm)

The A-10A Late is armed with:

  • 1 x 30 mm GAU-8/A cannon, chin-mounted (1,174 rpg)
  • 480 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

The A-10A Late can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs 1 1 1, 3 1, 3 1 1 1, 3 1, 3 1 1
500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs 1 1 1, 3 1, 3 1 1 1, 3 1, 3 1 1
2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1
2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 Air bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1
Hydra-70 M247 rockets 7 7, 21 7, 21 7, 21 7, 21 7
AGM-65D missiles 3 3
AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles 1, 2 1, 2
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 1,000 kg
Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 2 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • 42 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
  • 84 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
  • 84 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • 10 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (5,000 lb total)
  • 12 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 18 x 500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs (9,000 lb total)
  • 12 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs + 4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles (6,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs (12,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 Air bombs (12,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs + 4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles (12,000 lb total)
  • 6 x AGM-65D missiles
  • 6 x AGM-65D missiles + 4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles

Usage in battles

The A-10A Late is specifically designed to attack ground targets. The AGM-65Ds and Mk 84s provide substantial firepower against armoured ground units. When within range, the 30 mm GAU-8 cannon can be used: the gun may lack penetration power against armour, but is excellent at destroying exterior modules and inflicting damage by overpressure.

The A-10's low speed makes it difficult to reach enemy ground units and bases without being intercepted, and also makes the A-10 especially vulnerable to both attacking aircraft and SAMs. Another problem with being so slow is that it is very easy to get energy trapped. This means that any common enemy aircraft can simply fly above the A-10, and with its slow speed, it simply has no chance to follow and get in range to use its gun. After the A-10 inevitably pitches back down (or stalls), the enemy aircraft will dive down on the slow and vulnerable A-10. While the A-10 can utilize its all-aspect AIM-9Ls to potentially dispatch aircraft lacking flares before they can initiate an energy trap, skilled players can easily dodge the AIM-9L without flares, while flare-equipped aircraft (which can easily flare an AIM-9L) should never be engaged unless absolutely necessary as it will likely result in the A-10's destruction. The slow speed also disadvantages the A-10 in high-speed head-ons. While it does arguably have the most powerful gun in the game, the A-10 will have trouble dodging the rounds of an enemy aircraft because its low speed prevents it from quickly getting out of the way. Meanwhile, the enemy aircraft, which is likely going much faster than the A-10, won't have too much of a problem dodging the A-10's rounds provided they begin evading at an ample range.

However, its slow speed and great maneuverability allows the A-10 much more time to aim its weapons at ground targets than if it were, say, a supersonic aircraft which is unmanoeuvrable at low speeds. Due to this, the A-10 can farm ground targets much quicker than most other planes; with its 1,174 rounds of 30 mm, a single A-10 left unchecked to freely attack ground targets can reduce an enemy team's ticket count by half or more. As stated before, the A-10 has very little chance in a vertical dogfight. However, the A-10's slow speed and good low speed manoeuvrability gives it the advantage in a horizontal scissors dogfight, as the likely faster enemy aircraft will quickly pass in front of the A-10's devastating gun. In a prolonged horizontal low speed scissors dogfight, the enemy aircraft would have likely bled much of their speed, again giving the A-10 an advantage with its good low speed manoeuvrability. If the enemy attempts to run away, the A-10 can exploit their low speed to launch an AIM-9L. When flying the A-10, if you notice an attacking aircraft may be unaware of the A-10's speed weakness (or unaware of how to exploit it), attempt to force it into a horizontal turn fight or scissors where you will have the advantage.

AIM-9L

The A-10A Late can equip up to four AIM-9L air-to-air missiles for self-defense. These missiles have long range, high manoeuvrability (30G maximum overload), all-aspect ability (can be launched from all sides including the front), and some degree of flare resistance. The high manoeuvrability sees that most aircraft lacking flares will have extreme difficulty dodging it. Even if an aircraft has flares, a close range launch at rear-aspect may prove somewhat challenging to flare due to its flare resistance. It has a rather long range and can be used to hit unsuspecting enemies at range. It is a very powerful missile found on even top tier aircraft, and at 10.3, it has the potential to wreck havoc. Keep in mind that, on launches other than rear-aspect, they are quite easy to flare. Remember that you are still a very slow and vulnerable A-10, and these four missiles are the only thing allowing you to compete in air combat; use them wisely.

With the AIM-9L, it is important to keep in mind its effective launch/lock ranges. From rear aspect, the missile can hit enemies traveling faster than the A-10 from 2.25 km, or similar speed enemies from 3 km. From side aspect, the missile can hit enemies at 3 km. From the front, the missile can get a lock on hotter aircraft at around 3km.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great manoeuvrability
  • Great roll rate
  • Good armour protection around the cockpit area that will protect the pilot
  • 480 countermeasures are extremely effective against common heat-seeking missiles and early radar-guided missiles
  • Devastating cannon with a large ammo pool
  • Great payload options for ground attack
  • Access to four all-aspect AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles with long range, excellent turning ability, and significant flare resistance
  • Sturdy wings which are hard to rip and don't break in dives
  • Access to AGM-65D air-to-ground TV-guided missiles which have heat-sensing thermal sights and can therefore be used during night operations unlike the previous AGM-65A/B
  • The aircraft's slow speed means G-forces sustained during manoeuvres isn't much of an issue

Cons:

  • Very poor climb rate and moderate acceleration
  • Extremely poor top speed makes the A-10 easy prey, especially to SAMs and SPAA
  • Does not have access to gunpods or guided bombs which the premium A-10 gets
  • Engine can potentially overheat when running at or near 100% throttle unless on a winter map
  • Engines are heavily exposed and vulnerable
  • Large wingspan makes for a large target

History

The A-10A Late was a minor upgrade in the A-10. It featured the new and improved AGM-65D's which was in initial operation in 1985. Unlike the AGM-65B, the D variant featured an IR seeker. The AGM-65B used a TV camera that heavily depended on weather conditions and whether it was night or daytime. The AGM-65D solved that issue by using infrared and could be used in many weather conditions and most importantly, in the night. The Late was largely unchanged compared to the Early.

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Fairchild Aircraft
Jet aircraft  A-10A · A-10A Late

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A-10  A-10A · A-10A Late
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