As Discussion Continues Around Arming Ukraine, U.S. Sends A-10s to Europe

Posted February 11, 2015 at 5:05am

Military.com reports that “the U.S. military has deployed a dozen Cold War-era A-10 attack aircraft to Europe amid the escalating assault from pro-Russian separatists in the Ukraine, an official said.”  

“The aircraft, known officially as the Thunderbolt II and unofficially as the Warthog, on Monday departed Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona for Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, according to Lt. Col. Christopher Karns, a spokesman for the Air Force at the Pentagon.”  

“‘While in Germany these aircraft will forward-deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO nations,’ he said in an e-mail. ‘Units will conduct training alongside our NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe.'”