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SHRAPNEL A deadly fragment of a bomb that flies through the air after the explosion. SMART BOMB Precision-guided weapons, also called “smart bombs,” are bombs or missiles that can be steered in mid-air toward their targets. They are guided by lasers, radar, or satellite signals. STRAFE When low-flying aircraft attack objects on the ground, usually with rapid-firing weapons. A-10 Thunderbolt IIs use a GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling-type cannon mounted in their nose to strafe ground targets. TITANIUM A silver-gray metal that is lightweight yet very hard and strong.

28 An A-10 Thunderbolt II deploys flares over Afghanistan in 2008. The A-10 Thunderbolt II may eventually be replaced by a high-tech multirole fighter such as the F-35 Lightning II. However, the United States Air Force plans to use its fleet of Warthogs for many years to come. 3 XTREME FACT During Operation Desert Storm, Warthogs destroyed more than 900 Iraqi tanks. 29 ALLIED FORCES Nations that are allied, or joined, in a fight against a common enemy. ARMOR A strong, protective covering made to protect military vehicles.

Allied troops fighting Taliban and al-Qaeda forces depended on close air support supplied by Warthogs. 28 An A-10 Thunderbolt II deploys flares over Afghanistan in 2008. The A-10 Thunderbolt II may eventually be replaced by a high-tech multirole fighter such as the F-35 Lightning II. However, the United States Air Force plans to use its fleet of Warthogs for many years to come. 3 XTREME FACT During Operation Desert Storm, Warthogs destroyed more than 900 Iraqi tanks. 29 ALLIED FORCES Nations that are allied, or joined, in a fight against a common enemy.

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