The US Air Force recently announced it was considering the possibility of transferring some A-10 Thunderbolt combat jets to Ukraine to fight against Russia. These aircraft, also known as the Warthog, have sensitive systems and are not likely to fly in a conflict where total air superiority would be a factor. Therefore, the transfer of these aircraft might not be an effective solution.
According to a recent report by Defense News, the Air Force is now considering sending three squadrons of A-10s to Ukraine to fight against Russia. While the Air Force is obligated to retain all 281 Warthogs in its inventory, lawmakers have said they would welcome the possibility of deploying a few warthogs to Ukraine. Those units would be capable of conducting air-to-air combat missions and deploying them to other theaters.
There are many reasons why the US is considering sending A-10s to Ukraine to fight against Russia. First of all, it would help slow the Russian advance. The A-10 is capable of striking the Russian military with a single strike, and this would eliminate many Russian soldiers. Second, it could help stop Russian air defenses from hitting other Ukrainian cities. Ultimately, a US-led air strike in Ukraine would help slow Russian forces and, hopefully lead to the ensuring the peace and stability of the region.
Another reason for sending A-10s to Ukraine is to train the Ukrainian air force. In addition to advancing air force capability, HIMARS are capable of improving combat effectiveness. They can also provide airborne surveillance, which is essential for detecting enemy forces. The A10s Warthog is not only effective in combat, it also has a high degree of maneuverability.
Finally, the US Military has been trying to move on from the A-10 because of its limits. These A-10s in Ukraine’s hands makes room for the US to allocate its financial resources on planes that meet their long term objectives.