U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthogs”, assigned to 107th Fighter Squadron, conduct austere landing training on an old abandoned runway with support from 321st Special Tactics Squadron Combat Controllers, during exercise Saber Strike 18 in Haapsalu, Estonia on June 7, 2018.
Noteworthy the Thunderbolt II can be serviced and operated from austere bases with limited facilities near battle areas. Many of the aircraft’s parts are interchangeable left and right, including the engines, main landing gear and vertical stabilizers
Saber Strike 18 is the eighth iteration of the long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise designed to enhance interoperability among allies and regional partners.
This year’s exercise will take place June 3-15, focusing on improving land and air operational capabilities with an additional key objective to train with NATO’s Forward Presence battlegroups.