Boeing

A-10 aircraft

A-10 Wing Replacement Program

Known as the Warthog, the A-10 Thunderbolt II provides close-air support of ground forces. Boeing is providing replacement wings.

A-10 Warthog

The A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known as the Warthog, is a twin-engine aircraft that provides close-air support of ground forces and employs a wide variety of conventional munitions including general purpose bombs. The simple, effective and survivable single-seat aircraft can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles. Boeing is under contract with the Air Force to deliver 173 wing sets through 2017.

A-10 Technical Specifications

Primary Function Close air support
Contractor Fairchild Republic Co.
Power Plant Two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans
Thrust 9,065 pounds each engine
Wingspan 57 ft, 6 in (17.42 m)
Length 53 ft, 4 in (16.16 m)
Height 14 ft, 8 in (4.42 m)
Weight 29,000 lbs (13,154 kg)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 51,000 lbs (22,950 kg)
Fuel Capacity 11,000 lbs (7,257 kg)
Payload 16,000 lbs (7,257 kg)
Speed 420 miles per hour (Mach 0.56)
Range 800 miles (695 nautical miles)
Ceiling 45,000 feet (13,636 meters)
Armament One 30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling gun; up to 16,000 lbs (7,200 kg) of mixed ordnance on eight under-wing and three under-fuselage pylon stations, including 500 lb (225 kg) Mk-82 and 2,000 lb (900 kg) Mk-84 series low/high drag bombs, incendiary cluster bombs, combined effects munitions, mine dispensing munitions, AGM-65 Maverick missiles and laser-guided/electro-optically guided bombs; infrared countermeasure flares; electronic countermeasure chaff; jammer pods; 2.75-in (6.99 cm) rockets; illumination flares and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
Crew 1

A-10 Wing Replacement Customer

U.S. Flag

More than 350 A-10 aircraft are in service with the U.S. Air Force, Air Combat Command, the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard. In December 2007, the U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a contract for Systems Engineering and Computer Aided Design in support of the A-10 Wing Replacement program.

Quick Facts About the A-10 Wing Replacement Program

  • Boeing’s contract win was based upon its expertise with Fighter / Attack aircraft, engineering skills to interpret and de-conflict legacy designs, proven processes / procedures, having a mature supply base, and integration of lean manufacturing concepts into an off-Boeing platform.
  • Using 3-D modeling provided the baseline engineering foundation for the A-10 Wing Replacement program.
  • The majority of the work was done in St. Louis; other pieces of the modeling conversion were completed in Salt Lake City.
  • The contract runs through FY2016.
  • Boeing produces the wing sets in Macon, Ga., along with partner Korean Aerospace Industries in South Korea, Kaman Aerospace in Jacksonville, Fla., and CPI Aerospace in Long Island, N.Y.
  • The U.S. Air Force customer installs the wing sets at the Ogden Air Logistics Center in Utah.