“The A-100s have been flying for 40 years and we’ve been flying the A-110 for 20 years.
We know how to use them,” said Capt. James Miller, the squadron commander of the 9th Special Operations Aviation Brigade, based at Fort Hood, Texas.
“We know what they can do.”
The A-109 is a fast, maneuverable plane that’s designed to carry multiple tactical loads, such as artillery and anti-aircraft missiles.
It’s the best-armed fighter in the world, said Miller, who flew the A10s in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It’s very effective in every scenario we have,” he said.
The A110’s air-launched missiles are more advanced than the A110E’s, but they’re also heavier and require more fuel.
The air-warfare industry is investing in upgrades to make the planes more agile, which could help prevent a repeat of the 2001-02 conflict in Afghanistan when the A100s were shot down in the mountains.
The A110s’ weapons systems also make them harder to hit.
They’re armed with long-range missiles called Hellfire missiles that can reach more than 200 miles and carry up to 90 pounds of explosives.
A-20s, a much lighter air-defense missile that can be launched from the nose, are also capable of striking targets up to 400 miles away.
They have been used extensively by the U.S. military to fight insurgents in Iraq, Afghanistan and other theaters of war, and have killed thousands of insurgents.
A series of tests conducted by the Pentagon this year showed that the A20s were nearly as effective at stopping enemy helicopters as the A90s.
The Air Force plans to test the A40s, the A50s and A60s next year.
The tests will involve dropping several bombs from a B-52 over the desert in northern Arizona.
The bombs, which would be detonated from within the aircraft, would create a large fireball.
Air-to/air missile systems have been a major part of the A109s arsenal.
The first was a Boeing B-2 Spirit bomber with the A2 and A4 missiles, the most powerful of which was the A1.
The aircraft was retired in 2010.
Another is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a plane that the Air Force is trying to bring back into service.
The F-22 stealth fighter, a stealth version of the F/A-18 Super Hornet, is in the development phase.
The stealth jets have long been touted as the most efficient aircraft in the Airforce arsenal.