The Thunderbolt is distinguished by the unique noise produced by its tail during a flight. The 30mm GAU-8 AVENGER gatling gun mounted on the A-10’s nose is the most deadly. It is till date the heaviest and largest gatling gun ever mounted on an aircraft. It is solely designed to provide CAS to ground units. With 11 hardpoints which include 6 AGM-65 Maverick Air-Ground missiles makes the A-10 a nightmare for Tanks and other ground units.
The A-10 is so designed that it has superior maneuverability at low subsonic speeds which makes it perfectly suitable for ground attack against slow moving target like tanks and armoured vehicl unlike the Fighter-bomber jets. It has
larger wing area, higher wing aspect ratio, and larger ailerons. The ailerons are at the far ends of the wings to gain greater rolling moment. The ailerons are larger than the typical aileron design in other aircraft, almost 50% of the wingspan, providing improved control even at slow speeds. The
aileron is also split, making it a deceleron.
The aircraft is so designed that it can fly with one engine, one tail, one elevator, and half of one wing missing. The armour provided in the aircraft is around 550kg which is quite a lot for a an aircraft armour. Also to make the ground strike precise it is equipped with Laser designator, Lockheed martin Targeting pod Sniper XR.