Twelve A-10C Thunderbolt IIs of the United States Air Force (USAF) were deployed to Ämari Air Base in Estonia on 21 September, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Approximately 300 airmen and support equipment were also deployed to bases across Europe with the A-10s from the 23rd Wing.
While in Europe, the Thunderbolts – more commonly known by its nickname “Warthog” – will conduct flying training deployments and off-station training with NATO allies to further enhance interoperability. Ämari base in Estonia was chosen as the first location for the exercises. Their deployment to Europe is expected to last about six months.
Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of the US European Command and the US Air Force in Europe’s continued commitment to the collective security of the NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region.
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a Cold War-era aircraft, developed in the early 1970s. But due to its unique purpose, designed solely for close air support, including tanks – hence they are also sometimes called “tankbusters” – armoured vehicles and other ground targets, it is still in use. It has previously been reported that A-10’s service life may be extended up to 2028.