14 May '18, 10pm

Air Force Debates Replacing Depleted Uranium Rounds for A-10

Air Force Debates Replacing Depleted Uranium Rounds for A-10

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Florida -- If the Air Force is going to keep its A-10 Thunderbolt II fleet flying through 2030 , it'll need more than just new wings . It's also going to need new ammo. The service is deliberating how best to acquire more PGU-14 ammunition, currently made by Orbital ATK, for the A-10 as its existing bullet inventory -- averaging 32 years old -- is beginning to age out, said Bob DuPont of the 780th Test Squadron's guns and missiles department. It is unknown if the Air Force will stick with 30mm depleted-uranium (DU) bullets or if it will switch to a tungsten round. "There's a lot of discussion of whether we're going to use depleted uranium again, or the tungsten penetrator," DuPont said before a live-fire exercise here at the base May 4. During the exercise, Military.com accompanied Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and got a taste of how the A-10's G...

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