A-10 aircraft

A-10 Thunderbolt

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.

Modernization and the Wing Replacement Program

Boeing is under contract to manage production of a maximum of 112 wing sets and spare kits. The U.S. Air Force has ordered 44 wing sets since the contract award. Under a previous contract, Boeing delivered 173 wing sets to the Air Force.

The upgraded wings are more durable, efficient, and easier to maintain.

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.
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A-10 Wing Replacement Customer

More than 280 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 August 2019, the U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a contract to manage production of A-10 wing sets and spare kits.

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Quick Facts About the A-10 Wing Replacement Program

  • Boeing’s contract win was based upon its established supply base, experience with the A-10 structures, and in-depth knowledge of the U.S. Air Force's requirements.
  • The contract is an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type with a maximum ceiling value of $999 million.
  • The contract runs through FY2030.
  • 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.