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Battlefield 4 A-10 Thunderbolt


Battlefield 4 A-10 ThunderboltThe Battlefield 4 A-10 Thunderbolt (aka “Warthog”), is a ground attack jet used by the US faction in both singleplayer and Battlefield 4 multiplayer mode. The A-10 Thunderbolt is mainly designed to engage enemy ground vehicles with its powerful Gatling gun and smart bombs. The A10 was first featured in the Battlefield series in BF2, where it was used by the US side.

The A-10 Thunderbolt first entered service in the early 1970s, and has been used ever since for ground missions. It’s built to withstand heavy damage, and is one of the toughest jets in the game. The Battlefield 4 A-10 Thunderbolt features a powerful Gatling gun that’s highly effective against light armored vehicles and infantry. Its’ main rival in Battlefield 4 is the Russian SU-25 and the Chinese Q-5 Fantan. While the Thunderbolt is designed for ground attack, an evne more powerful ground attack plane is available in the game: the AC-130 Gunship.

Battlefield 4 A-10 Thunderbolt stats

The A-10 Thunderbolt (or Warthog) in Battlefield 4 is mainly designed to engage ground targets such as tanks and light armored vehicles. It compares well against the SU-25, mainly because it’s more agile and has a more powerful cannon. However, it’s a bit slower than the SU-25 as well.

  • Top speed: 830 km/h
  • Main cannon: 30 mm Gatling gun
  • Secondary weapon: rockets, smart bombs
  • Seats: 1

Battlefield 4 A-10 Thunderbolt tips

The Battlefield 4 A-10 Thunderbolt is vulnerable against enemy attack jets such as the SU-35 Flanker, and since it’s rather slow, it’s also vulnerable to mobile AA such as the Tunguska and the portable IGLA missiles. The A-10 is very effective against ground forces from long rage due to its powerful Gatling gun.

Battlefield 4 A-10 Thunderbolt unlocks

Like other Jets, the A-10 can unlock countermeasures such as Flares to help against enemy AA, and rocket pods and smart bombs against enemy ground forces.

The A-10 in real life:
Battlefield 4 A-10 in real life

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  1. The Thing That Goes Bump in the Night
    September 2nd, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I am disappointed that the military is phasing these out, they’re truly one of the most effective single-pilot air-to-ground weapons platforms ever produced. The GAU-8/A Avenger 30mm rotary cannon, which fires at either 2100 or 4200rpm by the way, absolutely decimates ANYTHING it is pointed at thanks to the extremely high velocity, incredibly high-mass projectiles (which are available in multiple formats: incendiary, standard armor-piercing, SLAP, Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot – Tracer aka APFSDS-T rounds which utilize a very-sub-caliber arrow-shaped kinetic energy penetrator with velocities exceeding 2,000m/sec; there are standard “bigass-bullet” type rounds, high-explosive impact rounds, and so forth, as well).
    Oh, and the GAU-8/A is larger than most cars! It’s more than half the length of the plane, which had to be designed around this incredible weapon!

    Add in the up-to-11 unique hard-point mounts for anything from extended fuel tanks and radar units to 4-packs of AGM-64 Maverick Air-to-Ground missiles and/or AIM-9 Sidewinder Air-to-Air missiles, multiple Hydra 70mm rocket pods or larger LAU-5003/LAU-10 pods carrying fewer (but far more powerful) 70mm CRV-7 or 127mm Zuni rockets, both fully-guided “smart” bombs such as the JDAM or Paveway guided munitions as well as traditional “dumb” bombs that trade precision for brute force (packing significantly more ordnance in the same amount of space), cluster bombs, incendiary bombs, and well you get the idea…

    They’re also insanely, like, truly insanely durable. I remember my squad was heading out after receiving intelligence regarding insurgents less than 10km from FOB (we’d only been there a short time, we hadn’t yet established our own operations base; we break off from the main military once we no longer need their transport/etc, and almost always set up “behind enemy lines”), in fact I’d just hopped up on the Mk19 (DPV; ours mount, typically, a Mk19 40mm AGL, an M2HB, and up to 2 M240 Bravo’s; it’s a nice amount of firepower for a 5person fast attack vehicle; I occasionally preferred to swap the M2HB for an M134a depending on terrain), when all of the sudden the whole FOB going arms ready when we see this smoking plane rocking back and forth clearly out of control and heading right to the neighboring airfield. Calls were made, and my squad (that’s 5 people for us) and our Bravo squad were immediately sent over as we were already geared up in the fastest ground vehicles on base that actually had some decent firepower.
    So, we get there, and we see it’s clearly an A10, but what was amazing was that it was landed, not crashed. The entire tail and right wing stabilizers were gone, impacts from what appeared to be a 20-25mm anti-air cannon strafed the side (later found out there were over 100 impacts), but the pilot was unharmed and the first thing she asked was “where are the extra planes?”. This wasn’t Kim Campbell, that happened a little earlier, and this wasn’t a publicized event. However, this pilot, she managed to destroy (confirmed) 5 enemy armored vehicles, 4 old (but very effective) Russian surface to air flak cannons, multiple 5,000gal containers of fuel, and eliminated at least 4 confirmed RPG teams before any could get off a single grenade. She no question saved dozens of soldiers lives, as had they not been provided with this insanely talented pilot for C.A.S, they would have driven right into an ambush; instead, zero casualties.
    (After seeing her in action, two weeks later, my unit formally requested her be transferred and the SOCOM Air/Pilot training be formally skipped but passed; still in touch to this day, and she earned every single one of the very many stars on her chest, saving my life at least a half dozen times).

    Well, they didn’t have a plane, but this air base was essentially deserted (no “real” ranking officer, even! one of our Helo pilots apparently just said “I’m supposed to have this and this and that and these retrofitted before next flight” and no one questioned him, and within a day the bird had been equipped with extraordinarily expensive avionics and weapons control system!), running a skeleton crew and our air team.
    A medic from the FOB was headed over when we were re-gearing up; she approached our CO and requested to ride along in one of our support choppers (support birds have weapon systems, Little Birds don’t have the pod-mounted rotaries that they do in BF3/4, not for SF units; instead, support has door mounted weapons like M134a’s, Mk19’s, etc, and the chopper has typically a few rocket pods and AG and/or AA missiles complementing the main cannon). Our pilots were quite frankly probably a little scared, because although we have the best combat helicopter pilots in the world, this pilot just lived through and flew back from enough damage to take out every single helicopter we had and then some!
    We went bird because too dark for quick DPV use.

    Although the intel was wrong, as always, we did run into a bit of hostile fire a kilo out from the alleged target. Apparently, and we found this out later, these men had just traveled the entire way from where the A-10 laid a whooping on, well, everything, and they followed the direction it headed; even more incredibly, the soon-to-be indoctrinated spec ops pilot had flown this barely-hanging-together A-10 not just straight back to the airfield, but deliberately went more than 30 miles off course to prevent survivors from knowing which direction to head… So, we found these guys and had they not been there then, they’d have walked straight out of the country!

    • jorge
      October 21st, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      what do you mean phasing out, if there going to be in service at least `till 2040 ?

      • Check6
        November 9th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        The AF has announced plans to pull the jet from service Jorge. Read up before you comment the 2040 date was based on A-10C aircraft. Sadly they are on the chopping block. With 4500 flight hours in tactical aircraft and having served in IRAQ, KOSOVO, KOREA, and AFGHANISTAN I can tell you it is a huge mistake.

        • Bri
          August 20th, 2015 at 6:08 pm

          Yes but how many kills you has?

  2. Darrell
    October 30th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    That first comment… do you actually believe your own bs?

  3. Darrell
    October 30th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    That was definately a vivid imagination. I have to call you out on that. That wsd some bull there.

  4. Axel
    November 2nd, 2013 at 10:29 am

    The A-10’s effectiveness in the CAS role is undisputed. However, with the aging airframe and the design, from what I hear the plane is a B*** to perform maintenance on. With budget cuts in the US military, from what I could gather, the reason for the planes oncoming demise is the maintenance issues, and thinking that multi-role aircraft is going to replace the A-10 in the CAS role.

  5. jimmy
    June 5th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    iI BLAME OBAMA! the a10 is amazing but just cause its a bitch to work on they’re gonna take it outa service. so sad:(

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