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Originally introduced in 1977, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, more commonly known as the Warthog, is among the oldest aircraft in service of the United States Air Force. After the turn of the millennium, the plane was originally meant to be phased out in favour of the more versatile F-35. However, perpetual design disputes, technical issues and overflowing costs resulted in a severe scaling down of the Joint Strike Fighter project in the late 2010s. While the F-35 only achieved a margin of success...

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Originally introduced in 1977, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, more commonly known as the Warthog, is among the oldest aircraft in service of the United States Air Force. After the turn of the millennium, the plane was originally meant to be phased out in favour of the more versatile F-35. However, perpetual design disputes, technical issues and overflowing costs resulted in a severe scaling down of the Joint Strike Fighter project in the late 2010s. While the F-35 only achieved a margin of success as an export plane for America's more prominent allies such as Canada, Turkey, Israel and Japan, the A-10 fleet was brought back from the boneyard and refurbished for service during the Global War on Terror. Now, two decades later, the 'Hog' will once again distinguish itself in the battle against Russian armour divisions in Europe.


Ever since the coordinated destruction of the major European air bases at the onset of the Russo-European War, Russia's Frontal Aviation had free reign over Europe. That was until the United States made their entry into the war in summer 2048. Since then, the skies above the continent became contested between Berkuts and Raptors while the European air forces resumed their operations from secured air fields in Scotland, Ireland, Spain and Portugal. As the fighting continued, the casualty rates of the Russian Air Force soared out of control. The toll was especially heavy on the venerable Su-25 ground attack plane, which stood no chance against the advanced Western fighter jets without escorts. In February 2049, the remaining planes were ordered back to the Motherland. In their stead, the Russian military ramped up the production of the Su-50 fighter-bomber. Originally reserved for only the most elite of fighter squadrons due to its high production costs, the 'Sokol' was now deployed in considerable numbers in order to provide close air support for missions that the Su-25 could no longer accomplish. It is armed with six powerful anti-tank missiles and its advanced stealth characteristics allow for covert intrusions into contested air space, making the Sokol the ideal plane for tank hunting and suppression of enemy air defences.


The Ka-68 was first sighted by a joint contingent of British and American forces in northern Germany in January 2049. Labled the 'Hellion' by the Western soldiers in a brief revival of the old NATO reporting name system, the new gunship appeared to be a successor to the Ka-50 'Hokum'. Chieftly fielded by the helicopter detachments of the Russian Air-Landing Forces, its function and combat performance appeared largely similar however unlike its predecessor, the Hellion can also be equipped with a new type of unguided 80mm rocket which contains a thermobaric charge. This allows the new helicopter to lay down a devastating barrage of incendiary rockets alongside its standard armament of Vikhr anti-tank missiles and two semi-rigid 30mm cannons.


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SveaRikeSoldier
SveaRikeSoldier

Very nice indeed. Do we still get the havoc and black shark in 2.0?

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MARS2588
MARS2588

Havoc yes, Black Shark no. The new Hellion replaces it, as we didn't want to just re-model it entirely. Like the other factions, Russia can benefit from having a few more fictionalised/futuristic designs with distinctly Russian components.

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SPS-Barbarossa
SPS-Barbarossa

80 mm thermobaric rocket pods ^_^

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jfpoliveira12
jfpoliveira12

Its painfull even to read it. Ouch. :)

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Comanche_Prime
Comanche_Prime

I have doubt you would feel anything at all >8-)

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The_Freedom_Fighter
The_Freedom_Fighter

Which essentially makes them flying Buratinos...

"I do believe I'm on fire."

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Nuttah
Nuttah

They kind of do sound like the Shockwave Buratino.
Can't wait. :D

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Alguien
Alguien

So if i getting this right the PAKFA was changed from a fighter to a CAS role? So it remplaces the SU25 now then?

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CadianK36
CadianK36

Exactly. And it's fukken awsome mate! :) Well the PakFA is but the Frogfoot is still a LEGEND! :)

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ubermensche
ubermensche

So I guess we're not going to see the SU-25 in the next patch anymore? :(

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Woozle
Woozle

This saddens me.

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CptIstvanofArdeal
CptIstvanofArdeal

Probably

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alexeistukov87
alexeistukov87

This is so cool.

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wojciech
wojciech

do santa claus bring us 2.0 version ?

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WrathOfLust
WrathOfLust

Awesome, picked up this mod recently, absolutely love it :)

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Nuttah
Nuttah

I do have to ask: Why still no fluffy? o_o
It was kind of the reason for me anxiously anticipating every second week. A nice little story fix that isn't a full book you have to dedicate a notable amount of time to while still being interesting.
Writers block on the second Robot Wars or did you guys get bored of tediously working up the drones and decided you'll be doing Ivan for the next half year?

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The_Hunter649 Author
The_Hunter649

Don't worry we'll get back to that soon enough its just the way things are planned right now don't allow us from doing that unless we would start breaking the chronological order of the story.

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MARS2588
MARS2588

We always try to build up a reserve of two kinds of updates: Those that have a story component alongside their renders and those that don't. The first type can be considered the 'main' type of updates which will usually be posted in chronological order or to build up to a release. The second type - such as this example - can be posted at any time as a sign of activity. Robot Wars Part 2 was actually written a long time ago (they used to be one big update at first) and will be posted as soon as the final piece of content is complete.

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Nuttah
Nuttah

Ah, thanks.
So the chokepoint is in the drones themselves.

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murauder
murauder

We're gonna miss the frogfoot dearly.

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Woozle
Woozle

I'm going to miss those 2000 LB bombs.

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shamu145
shamu145

For the Chinese Army, is the MiG going to stay the same, or will its model be replaced with a modern real fighter like the J-20 or the J-31?

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MARS2588
MARS2588

The Chinese Special Weapons General will get a modern plane based on a Chinese original to replace the MiG Fighter, but it's going to stay the same for all the others since its an original Generals unit. We all blame EA for being dumb and giving a prototype Russian MiG to the Chinese, but it's simply part of what makes the faction iconic, much like those dated-looking Battlemasters and Red Guards in revolution-era gear.

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shamu145
shamu145

Yeah, cause I was wondering what you guys were gonna do since the Chinese is kind of the joke faction, with Cold War weapons, Red Guards, and ridiculous stuff like that. But I do get the importance of it, and how iconic it is.

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