Boeing announced this week that it will compete for a US Air Force contract valued at up to $1.5bn for the manufacture of approximately 200 wing sets for the A-10 fleet.
The A-10 wing replacement program calls for the replacement wing sets to be delivered in parts and kitted for easy installation.
The air force is expected to evaluate competitors on past performance, total evaluated price and program schedule, before awarding the contract in March.
‘Using advanced lean manufacturing technologies, we will be able to provide a solution and assembly kit that will allow the A-10s to fly at least 20 more years before needing an inspection,’ said Curt Nothstine, director for Aircraft Sustainment and Modernisation for Boeing’s Maintenance, Modification and Upgrades business.
The A-10 Thunderbolt II, first introduced in 1976, is a twin-engine jet aircraft designed for close air support of ground forces. The simple, effective and survivable single-seat aircraft can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armoured vehicles.