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A-10 Warthog Uses This Smart Trick To Deceive Anti Aircraft Guns

Have you ever wondered if some kind of trickery or misleading moves is utilized during air combat? If yes, then we have the perfect article for you about how A-10 Warthog deceives the anti-air defenses that it might encounter.

A-10 Warthog is the name given to A-10 Thunderbolt II. A-10 Warthog is basically a slow aircraft that has to operate close to the ground. Because of this limitation, it is quite vulnerable to any incoming ground fire. So, how does it protect itself from such ground fire?

A-10 Warthog has a titanium cockpit and protected engines and honeycomb skin for offering resistance against any such attack. But it employs a smart trick for deceiving the anti-air defenses, and this particular defensive measure costs only a can of black paint.

The belly of the A-10 underneath the cockpit of the aircraft is painted a black ellipse, and that is it. This countermeasure might sound stupid, but it is incredibly effective. We will explain how! The painted black ellipse resembles a canopy from a distance. If the aircraft is turning to the right, it makes it look like as if the aircraft is turning to the left. Thus the anti-aircraft gun aims to the left and misses the aircraft.

It surely is a genius and simple yet effective technique to deceive the anti-air defenses.