Air International 2020-02
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A pair of A-10C Thunderbolt Ils, registrations 81-0956 and 82-0651, from 354th Fighter Squadron ‘Bulldogs,’ taxi to depart RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, after taking part in the Royal International Air Tattoo 2015.
Raytheon/EAI Talon laser-guided rockets have been cleared for use on the AT-6B.
An AT-6B Wolverine in flight, seen equipped with the Advanced Precision Weapon Kill System (APWKS), 0.50 calibre (12.7mm) gun pods and GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs.
A 500lb GBU-12 laser-guided bomb is dropped during testing.
Lt Col Terrance C Keithley (right) receives a pre-flight briefing from a 416th Flight Test Squadron instructor pilot for the AT-6B Wolverine.
Armed to the teeth - An AT-6B shows off its gun pods and APWKS. Drop tanks are equipped here, replacing the GBU-12s.
Unlike the AT-6B, the A-29 is already in service. This is an example from the Afghan Air Force, which has had approximately 28 Super Tucanos operating in a COIN/counter-terrorism role since 2016.
An Afghan Air Force A-29B, employed by the Kabul Air Wing, taxies out prior to an operational sortie in September 2017.