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A-10C Thunderbolt II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 21 August 2007
Total Production: ?
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: A-10A Thunderbolt II
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1976
Total Production: 400
Total Cost: USD$4.0 billion
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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. 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.
The C-variant is being developed to provide precision engagement capability to the older A-10A close air support/ground attack aircraft. The fully digital A-10C Thunderbolt II upgraded with precision engagement technology based on laser and GPS can use smart guided weapons such as Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensers (WCMD), incapable in the A-model. The first A-10C took to the skies in January 2005 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
The A-10C aircraft has suffered major modifications through the addition of targeting pods and data link-related infrastructure. The software and cockpit hardware is different from previous models as well. Despite in recent years the A-10 was threaten with full fleet withdrawal, A-10C can extend the service life of the 30-year-old aircraft well into the 21st century. The C-model upgrade program is valued at $300 million and is the result of excellent results harvested by A-10s during recent conflicts. The exact number of A-10Cs to be procured by the US Air Force has not been disclosed but it could be approximately 200 according to senior sources.
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 72 precision engagement upgrade kits with a total estimated value of $168 million for 356 kits 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 August 2006 the US Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $48 million contract for the supply of 107 Precision Engagement (PE) modification kits for the A-10 close air support aircraft. A-10A after being upgraded with PE kits becomes the multi-mission aircraft A-10C with precision weapons and all-weather capabilities. 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-10C Thunderbolt II Specifications

Crew: 1
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
Max Takeoff Weight: 23,134 kilogram (51,001 pound)
Payload: 7,250 kilogram (15,983 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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A-10C Thunderbolt II News

There are 23 news between
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Thursday, September 15, 2016Armored Su-34 May Become Replacement for Su-25 Jet within Russian Air Force
Wednesday, November 5, 2014Raytheon Begins Flight Testing DARPA's Persistent Close Air Support Program
Monday, March 17, 2014USAF Sniper ATP-SE Pod Achieves Initional Operational Capability
Tuesday, February 4, 2014Raytheon to Begin Phase 3 on DARPA Persistent Close Air Support Program
Wednesday, September 4, 2013US Air Force to Build 56 Additional A-10 Wings to Keep the Type Operating Through 2035
Wednesday, April 3, 2013US Air Force A-10 Fires its First APKWS II Laser-guided Rocket
Monday, February 13, 2012Northrop Grumman Awarded US Air Force Contracts for LITENING SE Targeting Pods
Tuesday, September 6, 2011US Air Force Awards Contract for A-10 Avionics Modernization
Thursday, September 24, 2009Boeing Receives A-10 Modernization Contracts From US Air Force
Wednesday, June 3, 2009Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod Site Activations at A-10C Units

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
United States of America75
US Air Forces plans call for the upgrade of 356 A-10A to the A-10C standard with Precision Engagement Capability by 2011. The upgrade program is valued at $500 million.
YearHoldings
2016240A-10A and A-10C
Jul 2015253
Jan 201475
Aug 200775

Grand Total 751
Air-to-Air Missiles
AIM-9M Sidewinderx2
Aircraft Protection Systems
AN/ALQ-131
Aircraft Warners & Sensors
AN/ALR-69
Anti-Armor Weapons & Missiles
AGM-65A Maverick
Bombs & Guidance Kits
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-16 Paveway II
GBU-31 JDAM
GBU-32 JDAM
GBU-54 Laser JDAM
WCMD
Guns, Riffles & Grenade Launchers
GAU-8/Ax1
Navigation & Targeting Systems
LITENING ATx1
LITENING ERx1
Sniper XRx1
Rockets
APKWS II
Turbofan Engines
TF34-GE-101x2

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