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Old 04-22-2018, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Identifying an A-10C from the outside

Anyone have a list of externally visible features that set the A-10C apart from the earlier variants?

I always thought that the arrow shaped AN/ARC-210 BLOS antenna behind the cockpit was only present on the A-10C, but apparently this is not the case and I can't use that as a visual indicator.

I then started looking at the loadout thinking that if the aircraft is carrying a Sniper XR, it's an A-10C because earlier variants (including the A-10+) were not compatible with Sniper, but once again I can't find any sources that confirm this. Some of you may have seen my other thread on Sniper compatibility.

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Old 04-22-2018, 08:55 PM   #2
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When the 163rd started receiving jets back from Hill AFB after conversion to C models in 2011, all the jets lacked the Pave Penny. I think a handful of PE program A-10s may have initially kept the Pave Penny for some time, but to my understanding they have all been removed as of now.


80-0230 on final. March of '11.

The A-10C model also received the 1760 data bus that allowed the A-10C to employ JDAMs and WCMDs; A-10A did not have this. Sniper XR capability was also added as a result of the PE program; could not be carried by the A-10A+, unlike the LITENING.
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:58 PM   #3
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Well, in-game, the pave-penny is still there.

In-game as well, the A-10A can carry those big 38 rocket pods and these old, painted in white cluster monition, the MK20 ?

The C can't
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:01 PM   #4
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Here is an old thread dealing with this https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=142164
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Old 04-22-2018, 11:14 PM   #5
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Here is an old thread dealing with this https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=142164
I read that before creating this thread.

The thread you linked doesn't mention anything about Sniper compatibility.
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Old 04-22-2018, 11:50 PM   #6
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I read that before creating this thread.

The thread you linked doesn't mention anything about Sniper compatibility.
With the thread title I was addressing the original question. If you would have list that you had read the posted thread it would have been helpful.

To answer your question on the sniper pod the only reference i can find is out of Jake Melampy's Modern Hog Guide . First Paragraph page 15 paraphrased Lists A-10A+ 80-0232 as being modified by ANG/AFRC test center to test the Sniper pod Ordinarily the A-10C is the only variant to employ the pod.
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:06 AM   #7
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IIRC the tgp is loaded on inner station on A-10A while on A-10C the tgp is loaded on outter station .
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Here is an old thread dealing with this https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=142164
I feel embarrassed for creating this thread nowadays. Lol
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IMHO this is the best way to identify an A-10. Whether it's a Charlie model or an Alpha.

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The easiest and really only "true" way to tell the difference between an A-10A and A-10C is on the nose of the aircraft C models had all the "scoops" removed so you can see the vents.

You could say the Missile Warning System (MWS) on the wingtip and tail, but there were A-10Cs without them too. But in case you see them, that's an A-10C for sure.

An A-10 carrying a TGP doesn't mean it's a Charlie model either, there were A-10As+ carrying the LITENING Pod on the Station 3 and 9.

The Pave Penny was removed around the time when they were introducing the Suite 7.
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:23 PM   #10
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The Pave Penny was removed around the time when they were introducing the Suite 7.
According to Snoopy back in this post, Suite 7s were deployed ≈2012. When the 163rd received jets from conversion in early 2011, they lacked PPs and were not Suite 7 jets.

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