Real name: A-10 Thunderbolt
The A-17 Paladin has returned once again. The Paladin is best in class in armor and cannon damage. The Paladin is also great at missile lock (better than Hawken) and equal to Hawken for missile reload (I like to use the Hawken as a point of comparison for weapons class, if you haven't noticed). The only negative, when compared to the Hawken, is that the Paladin does not pack any additional missile damage and more importantly, is much less agile than a Hawken.
Overall, the Paladin is great if you like a heavily armored cannon tank - its weakness is that it is easy to outmaneuver if you go up against agility class planes or the Hawken, Red Widow, or Sentinel of the weapons class. I will give Z2 credit though, they have accurately reflected the real life characteristics of the A-10 well in the Paladins stats (which is more than I can say for many of the other planes).
PLANE COMPARISON TABLES for detailed assessment of all the planes performance ratings.
|Real life shot of an A-10|
|Underbelly of a fully loaded A-10|
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