A-10A Thunderbolt II Initial Operational Capability (IOC): October 1977 Maiden Flight: May 1972 Total Production: 716 Unitary Cost: USD$9.0 million Also Known As:OA-10 Origin:United States of America
Parent System:A-10A Thunderbolt II Initial Operational Capability (IOC): October 1977 Maiden Flight: May 1972 Total Production: 716 Total Cost: USD$4.0 billion Family Members:A-10C Thunderbolt II
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Description: The A-10A Thunderbolt II is a twin-engine, single-seat, subsonic, attack aircraft designed to provide close air support to ground forces. Its airframe has been hardened or armored to withstand small caliber arms impacts (certified for up to 23mm projectiles) . The aircraft features high survivability and low altitude maneuverability. In addition, it can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time operating under 200 meters of altitude. The OA-10A variant has been designated to perform as forward flying controller and reconnaissance mission on the battlefield.
The A-10A can accommodate a wide range of bombs and missiles as well as a nose built-in 30mm 7-barrel GAU-8/A anti-armor gun or other weapons. The gun fires PGU 15/B TP cartridges to train aircrews. During the Gulf War in 1991, this aircraft demonstrated its capabilities providing long endurance close air support to ground forces. In the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s it flew providing close air support during NATO military campaigns. During operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 it played a vital role neutralizing buildings occupied by Iraqi forces during the battle of Baghdad.
In March 2005, the US Air Force officially launched the precision engagement capability program for the entire A/OA-10 fleet. Lockheed-Martin was awarded a $38 million contract for precision engagement upgrade kits with a total estimated value of $168 million over the five years of the program. Precision engagement capability enables A-10 to use JDAMs and WCMDs as well as advanced targeting pods, which means adding the benefits of digital technology to an aging aircraft. In February 2014, the Pentagon due to budget cuts decided to put an end to the A-10 aircraft program. As of September 2016, the US Air Force expects to keep the A-10 flying until 2028.
A-10A Thunderbolt II Specifications
Number of Engines: 2 Dimensions Height: 4.42 meter (14.5 foot)
Length: 16.2 meter (53 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
Wingspan: 17.4 meter (57 foot) Performance Ceiling: 13,700 meter (44,948 foot)
Max Range: 1,300 kilometer (702 nautical mile) Speed Top Speed at High Altitude: 186 mps (670 kph) Weight Max Takeoff Thrust: 18,130 pound (8,224 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 23,134 kilogram (51,001 pound)
Payload: 7,250 kilogram (15,983 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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