How America's A-10 Warthogs Will Destroy Iran's Navy in a War
Key Point: A-10s are anti-tank planes but they also have a great anti-ship role
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October 10, 2019 - by Robert Beckhusen for nationalinterest.org
The 1980s-vintage Warthogs — built around a 30-millimeter rotary cannon and capable of carrying a variety of bombs and missiles
It doesn't necessarily take the resources of a major nation-state to challenge U.S. Navy warships. China for instance is building up a large navy and invests in long-range, ship-killing missiles. Iran can't build a large navy but it does invest in swarms of small missile boats.
Like a swarm of insects, a swarm of boats can pose a threat as a larger, far more expensive warship might not be able to swat them all — and a single missile with enough punch can be devastating.
So the U.S. military is practicing with ways to defeat such a potential threat with tank-killing A-10 Warthogs.
On Feb. 6, 2017, the low- and slow-flying Warthogs together with Canadian CF-18 Hornets carried out simulated attacks on dozens of boats in Florida's Choctawatchee Bay.
The planes didn't drop any ordnance, however, as the boats were being piloted by local captains hired by the Air Force...