Civilians such as you and I often have an extremely basic – not to mention inaccurate – understanding of what military engagement actually resembles these days. Predominantly informed by pop culture with the blanks filled in by common-sense assumptions, there’s a world of nuances we’ll never truly understand until we’ve served. Every now and then, however, we’re offered a fascinating glimpse of realistic modern warfare. Like this video of Fairchild Republic A-10 “Warthog” Thunderbolt II jets using an armoured Humvee for target practice.
As noted by Marine veteran/foreign policy & defense technology analyst Alex Hollings of Sandboxx, not even an armoured Humvee stands a viable chance against the “clinically insane amount of firepower” provided by an A-10 Warthog; more specifically, the “clinically insane amount of firepower” provided by the A-10 Warthog’s hulking 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon. And as more informally noted by one bloke in the YouTube comment section, everyone’s a gangster until the sky starts “farting” (this will make sense in a moment). As you can imagine, the result is devastating. There’s probably a low chance of the ensuing damage being successfully buffed out.
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin-engine fighter designed for close air support of ground troops, quick-action support against hostile forces, as well as obviously being equipped for attacking both armoured vehicles and tanks. Affectionally dubbed the Warthog or Hog due to its efficacy against ground targets, you can witness it in action for yourself in the video above right now.