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    Target recognition and identification between friend and foe has always been a problem for the A-10,the incidents of friendly fire(blue on blue) has proved this(more then any other aircraft) It was designed to kill soviet armored divisions pushing they way through Europe during the mid and latter stages of the cold war. America were smart with the upgrades and pretty much changed its role which has prolonged its life.

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    Any aircraft can commit blue on blue if the appropriate protocols are not followed and if the equipment isn't fitted to the aircraft to identify friend from foe then its an inevitability that a mistake will happen ..which is what happened in the 2nd gulf war where an A10 took out a British light armour column

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    I live about 20 minutes from a National Guard bombing range. I love hearing those A-10 machine guns raining fire down. It's such a unique and distinct sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTK1029 View Post
    I live about 20 minutes from a National Guard bombing range. I love hearing those A-10 machine guns raining fire down. It's such a unique and distinct sound.
    Have they fitted them with IFF yet?..it was a national guard A10 that made the mistake I previously mentioned

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    I would like to hope they have a friendly fire recognition system setup by now. Personally I do not know if these planes equipped with it or not. I do know they've strafed an elementary school and a couple of local highways on more then one occasion. Oh and we cannot forget about the thousands of acres that got burnt down from a training mission.

    Thousands Flee New Jersey Wildfire Ignited by Flare From F-16 - New York Times

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTK1029 View Post
    I would like to hope they have a friendly fire recognition system setup by now. Personally I do not know if these planes equipped with it or not. I do know they've strafed an elementary school and a couple of local highways on more then one occasion. Oh and we cannot forget about the thousands of acres that got burnt down from a training mission.

    Thousands Flee New Jersey Wildfire Ignited by Flare From F-16 - New York Times
    Did I hear you right? They did a strafing run an on elementary school???? Have you got an article on that??

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    Thank god it was night time ....Can't see it happening during the day though.....

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    That was an F-16 Fighting Falcon that fired the rounds that struck the Little Egg Harbor Elementary School, not an A-10. And it did not strafe the school - it looks like it was an accidental discharge, as the aircraft was at 8,000 feet and climbing when the cannon fired 25 or so rounds of 20mm ammunition. As this was a training flight, the ammo involved was almost certainly training rounds and not API, SAI, or SAPHEI combat ammunition.
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    My apologies after re-reading what I wrote it did seem like I was talking about an A-10 purposely shooting at an elementary school. That couldn't have been further from what I was trying to say. I know that the school wasn't targeted I was just trying to get across that the school was hit with multiple rounds. It absolutely was a training mission, it was done after school hours, and (thankfully) no one was hurt! I thought it was an A-10 that hit the school but I must be thinking of when one of the local highways got hit by a few stray rounds.

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