The US Air Force has deployed 12 A-10 aircraft in the south of Turkey to support operations against Islamic State.
The A-10’s arrived at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey last week. It is reported that the A-10’s replace the F-16 aircraft which had arrived in Turkey on a temporary mission in August 2015.
Incirlik Air Base is primarily used by the United States Air Force and the Turkish Air Force, although it is also used by the Royal Air Force.
According to the Department of Defense in the US:
“Twelve A-10 Thunderbolt IIs have arrived at İncirlik Air Base with their personnel, equipment and support personnel to replace F-16 aircraft from the Aviano Base in Italy” the statement read. As a NATO member and a US ally, Turkey is an important partner in the coalition against ISIL and the use of Turkish bases in U.S. operations continues to strengthen us significantly.”
The A-10 features the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon as its primary armament. The airframe was designed for durability, with measures such as 540kg of titanium armour to protect the cockpit.