Boeing Defense has secured a US$999 million fixed price indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the US Air Force as part of its history of sustainment work on the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
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Under the contract, which was competitively awarded, Boeing will be responsible for managing the production of a maximum of 112 wing sets and spare kits. The USAF ordered 27 wing sets immediately at contract award.
Pam Valdez, vice president of Air Force services for Boeing Global Services, said, "Boeing is honoured to be selected to continue as the A-10 Thunderbolt II wing kit contractor."
Boeing will team with Korean Aerospace Industries and other key suppliers to deliver the first wing sets to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. Under a previous contract, Boeing delivered 173 enhanced wing assemblies.
"Our established supply base, experience with the A-10 structures, and our in-depth knowledge of the US Air Force's requirements will help us deliver high-quality wings to meet the customer's critical need," Valdez added.
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild Republic for the USAF. The A-10 was intended to improve on the performance of the A-1 Skyraider and its lesser firepower. The A-10 was designed around the 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon.
The A-10's airframe was designed for durability, with measures such as 540 kilograms of titanium armour to protect the cockpit and aircraft systems, enabling it to absorb a significant amount of damage and continue flying.
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