Without any doubt, close air support has come a long way since the times where the problem mentioned above was all too common. The advances in global positioning, optics and data transmission packed in a modern close air support platform like the A-10C would look like magic to a forward air controller from the WWII era.
In this blog entry, a short reflection/tribute to how efficient close air support can be in the modern battlefield. The emphasis is on how the gadgets included in the A-10C help the pilot to accomplish his mission. These are screenshots from a custom-made mission in the highly detailed DCS A-10C flight simulator (Eagle Dynamics).
|Exhibit E. Guided weapons. A Maverick missile is going downrange, electro-optically guided by the heat emitted by the target.|
|The airport is seen as a green box in the HUD. I positively hate approaching this place. Even more during bad weather. The sharp turn over the Black Sea never fails to make me loose my orientation.|
|On final. I love how you can trim the A-10C down to 150 kts for a seamless and flawless touchdown.|