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SMART BOMB Precision-guided weapons, also called “smart bombs,” are bombs or missiles that can be steered in mid-air toward their targets. They are guided by lasers, radar, or satellite signals. STRAFE When low-flying aircraft attack objects on the ground, usually with rapid-firing weapons. A-10 Thunderbolt IIs use a GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling-type cannon mounted in their nose to strafe ground targets. TITANIUM A silver-gray metal that is lightweight yet very hard and strong. TURBO-FAN ENGINE A jet engine that gets extra thrust from a turbine-driven fan.

Using information from the satellites, receivers can calculate location, speed, and direction with great accuracy. INFANTRY Soldiers who move and fight mainly on foot. MULTIROLE Able to perform more than one task or mission. Multirole aircraft can attack enemy targets in the air or on land. NAUTICAL MILE A standard way to measure distance, especially when traveling in an aircraft or ship. It is based on the circumference of the Earth, the distance around the equator. This large circle is divided into 360 degrees.

Allied troops fighting Taliban and al-Qaeda forces depended on close air support supplied by Warthogs. 28 An A-10 Thunderbolt II deploys flares over Afghanistan in 2008. The A-10 Thunderbolt II may eventually be replaced by a high-tech multirole fighter such as the F-35 Lightning II. However, the United States Air Force plans to use its fleet of Warthogs for many years to come. 3 XTREME FACT During Operation Desert Storm, Warthogs destroyed more than 900 Iraqi tanks. 29 ALLIED FORCES Nations that are allied, or joined, in a fight against a common enemy.

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